Them Dirty Taters is a social experiment regarding the band's name. We are actually Church of the Hearse. We were having some issues in Virginia getting booked under that name (the old people were scared!) and so we thought, "Let's try using a different name" and see what happens. The members and the music are exactly the same, we only changed the name. Well, we immediately started getting booked and were surprised to find that the Reverbnation page with that name took off as well!
The reverend Dirt E. Hearse is from Singers Glen, Virginia. He began performing professionally at an early age, in his teens. In the 90's he moved to Washington State and spent 10 years working around Pudget Sound as a solo act, an Open-Mic host and with several southern-rock and blues bands. Most notable of his bands was the band The Rocky Point Allstars. The Rocky Point Allstars released several Southern Rock albums. Their last album was recorded and produced by Mike Herrera of the band MXPX.
Dirt moved back home to Singers Glen for a couple years with his wife and the other members of The Rocky Point Allstars are now in a band with Mike Herrera called Tumbledown. Dirt wrote leads and played them on several tracks for Tumbledown's first two albums.
Dirt's wife Cadava was born and raised in Alaska. She played guitar in an Alaskan rock band in the late 70's called Matanuska Thunderfunk and briefly in the 80's, played electric bass with some garage band punkers in Anchorage, Alaska. She suffered from tendonitis, a repetitive injury due to playing. She received ultra-sound treatment and was told she would probably never be able to play again. All of this was unknown to Dirt when they met.
The two met in Washington state, immediately got married and moved to Virginia. Dirt played as a solo acoustic act around Rockingham County and much to his surprise, Cadava decided that she should play upright bass with him and the Church of the Hearse was born. Although Cadava had no experience playing upright bass and had not played anything since the early 80's, Dirt, being a great teacher, quickly schooled her on the proper way to play!
Church of the Hearse currently holds sermons in the Kitsap County, Wa. area.