In their original inception, Richmond, Virginia's Taters were known as the Burnt Taters. Singer/bassist Craig Evans, guitarist Brad Tucker, and drummer George Garrett came together in 1997. Ttheir energetic mix of roots, Americana, pop, and country first appeared on wax with 1999's Voxbox, and Strange But True! followed about a year later. By 2002, the Burnt Taters had officially become the Taters, and Garrett had departed. For 2003's Recess, Stu Grimes took his place behind the kit, and a gaggle of pals contributed mandolin, strings, pedal steel, and piano for the most ambitious Tater recording yet. The trio supported the record with a few regional dates, and began work on a few Christmas singles.