Roots-pop: an eclectic mix of roots-rock, power-pop, country, and Americana, a sound that's been described as "Country roots-pop with the genius songwriting of 60's & 70's power-pop, …a curious mix of Mavericks, Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison and Beatles" (CDBaby). Billboard magazine calls it "American roots-rock with thoroughly modern, totally hip sensibilities". No Depression magazine describes it like this: "Think 'Beatles For Sale' if Marty Robbins were a primary influence instead of Carl Perkins." The Washington Post says the Taters "Successfully combine the best elements of Buddy Holly with the vocal harmonies of the Everly Brothers."
When Craig Evans and Brad Tucker started singing together in the early 1980's, neither could have guessed how long that partnership would last. With "Taters PARTY", the band's 6th CD release, they continue to mine their collective experience to craft songs with unforgettable hooks and pop melodies, and to add classic tunes to their repertoire that reflect a wide range of interests and influences. Layers of acoustic and electric guitars mix with 3 and 4 part harmonies to give each song its own personality while the lead vocals and songwriting pull it all together into a very satisfying whole.
Writing in Billboard magazine, the internationally published "bible" of the music industry, critic Gordon Ely described the Taters as "determinedly-and gleefully-forging a path with no limits or end in sight. This is music for which you've been waiting a long, long time... Without a trace of self-consciousness or pretension, the Taters draw up a formula that can rightly be claimed as their own".
The Taters soar through a catalog of Americana and '60s-era pop influences that color their own material brightly and tightly
- Richmond Times- Dispatch
"The connection between singer-bassist Craig Evans and guitarist Brad Tucker goes back more than 20 years. That kind of knowledge and interplay is responsible for the crisp harmonies and infectious hooks of the band's old school roots-pop"
- Durham Herald-Sun