Twirl Radio #796: The Taters

After ten years at a National Public Radio station in Chicago, Mike Lidskin returned to California in 1997 and created Twirl Radio, a weekly two hour radio program which features the finest independent music and artists from the rock era. Mike’s on a mission to not “just spin rock music, but to educate listeners about this vital art form.” Indeed, he doesn’t just announce the songs, but gives histories about some of the artists, the albums, and the songs themselves.

You can catch Twirl live each Saturday afternoon, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM PST on Sacramento’s Voice, KUBU 96.5 FM, and archived right here, as well as at If you haven’t headed into your Saturday night with an earful of Twirl, you’re doing it wrong!

Artist | Track | Album
The American Professionals | WMPMS | Sympathetic Overdrive
Adam Marsland | Legaspi Groove (Magandang Umaga!) | Bulé
Rob Martinez | Let Me Tell You Why | Today My Mind…Tomorrow The World
Maxi Dunn | Make It Better | The Neglected Gambit
Cirrone | Everything’s Fine Now | Kings For A Night
Stephen’s Ruin | September’s Favorite Child | Single release
Tom Petty | A Higher Place | Wildflowers

The Taters interview
Burnt Taters | No Teardrops Tonight | Vox Box
The Taters | Right B4 My Eyes | Recess
The Taters | Waiting Game | Just One Night
Burnt Taters | Never Call Me Here | Strange But True!
The Taters | Such A Good Day | Menagerie
The Taters | Yog Shuf’fel | Don’t Scream!
The Taters | Smoke On Rt. 66 | Taters Party!

Sunshine Boys | Schoolyard Bully | Single release
Duncan Faure | Wouldn’t It Be Good | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Bellygunner | Negative Kid | Machine Gun Built For Two
Felsen | Poor In A Wealthy City | Blood Orange Moon
Lannie Flowers | Give Me A Chance | LIVE in NYC
Chandler Travis Philharmonic | Going Back To Work Tomorrow | Waving Kissyhead Vol. 2 & 1
Karla Kane | Wishing Tree | King’s Daughters Home For Incurables


On the show today, we had a very special interview with Richmond, VA band The Taters! Also known as “The Unofficial House Band of Twirl Radio”, The Taters are celebrating 20 years of, well, being The Taters! Twirl Radio and The Taters go back a long time, to the days when they were still known as “Burnt Taters”. They’ve been on the show many times, doing everything from live internet performances (before it was a “thing”), raising money for fundraisers, to live broadcasting their recording of a live album (sounds complicated; was actually fun!) They are known for their good-natured blend of fun originals and choice cover tunes.

Today’s interview was madcap and unscripted–the best kind! But don’t let the apparent chaos fool you–these guys are great musicians, and with all four members of the band singing, are known for their excellent harmonies. Even the Richmond Symphony gets it–The Taters are about to perform with them for the second time this year! The band members are Craig Evans, Brad Tucker, Greg Marrs, and Chris Mendez. Find out more about them at


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