Welcome to Cover to Cover with Matt Tarka!

Welcome to Cover to Cover, a podcast featuring musical conversations about an album or song which has changed and enhanced someone’s life.

I’m your host, songwriter Matt Tarka. 

We humans connect with the presence of music in our own unique way – as an artist, a concertgoer, through our headphones, or as something that simply lives in our everyday background.

During each conversation, we will discuss a single or an album with a special guest. Our guest will choose the single or album and reflect on what that piece of music means to them. We may focus on lyrics, a guitar tone, a piano solo, a state of mind.

Through these conversations, we hope you will discover some new music, rekindle your love for an old forgotten song, and share a good moment with us as we sonically explore a world from Cover to Cover.  

Episode 17: Kerri Curtis – Alien Ant Farm – ANThology

Episode 17 is now up on 🍏, Stitcher, Google Play and TuneIn! In this episode, Arizona based artist and poet Kerri Curtis discusses her love for and discovery of Alien Ant Farm , seeing the band perform on WARPED TOUR and their early 00’s breakthrough album ANThology that includes a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” as well as original tunes “Wish” “Movies” and “Flesh and Bone.”

To check out Kerri’s artwork and writings, visit the link and show notes! 😊🙌✋👆👆👽


#alienantfarm #anthology #CovertoCoverwithMT #covertocoverconversations

Episode 16: M.R. Morrison – No Doubt: Tragic Kingdom

Episode 16 is now up on 🍏, Google Play, Stitcher and TuneIn! Artist and poet Meghan Morrison pulls up a chair to discuss No Doubt‘s seminal record, Tragic Kingdom, and listening to the album while growing up in New Zealand. Tragic Kingdom is the first record from No Doubt featuring lyrical contributions and autobiographical accounts from singer Gwen Stefani, and the last record that features her brother Eric on keyboards. Enjoy! https://podcasts.apple.com/…/cover-to-cover-wi…/id1475576336

😊 🙌✋☝️🍊#nodoubt #tragickingdom #gwenstefani #orangecounty #justagirl #spiderwebs #dontspeak #1995 #covertocoverconversations #CovertoCoverwithMT

Episode 15: Casey Jo – Guster (Long and Gone Forever)

Episode 15 is now up on 🍏, Google Play, Stitcher and TuneIn! In this episode, Nashville resident Casey Jo sits down with Matt to discuss one of her all-time favorite records from Guster titled Lost and Gone Forever. LAGF turned 20 years old earlier this year (CRAZY). Enjoy the conversation! 🙌👋😊


#Guster #LostandGoneForever #1999 #barrelofagun #fafa #CovertoCoverwithMT #covertocoverconversations

Episode 14: Ryan Walker – Johnny Cash: American II: Unchained

Epsiode 14 is now up on Apple, Google Play, Stitcher and TuneIn! On this episode of C to C, singer/guitarist Ryan Walker of The Beanstalk Library (a DC-area rock outfit) talks about his musical appreciation for Johnny Cash‘s album American II: Unchained. It’s an extraordinary listen featuring Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers as Cash’s supporting cast. We delve into when Ryan became drawn to country music, the beauty and earnestness of Cash’s songs, Cash’s cover choices (i.e., Southern Accents) and how these recordings continue to inspire Ryan’s music today. Enjoy!


#JohnnyCash #TheManInBlack #AmericanRecordings #unchainedvolume2 #TomPettyandtheHeartbreakers #seaofheartbreak #rustycage #covertocoverconversations #CovertoCoverwithMT

Episode 13: Jasmine Gillison – Musician

Episode 13 is now up on 🍏, google play, Stitcher & TuneIn! I spoke with my friend, songwriter Jasmine Gillison about Nelly Furtado’s debut record from the year 2000, “Whoa, Nelly!” We talked about various genres and themes that are present throughout this record, in Nelly’s music videos and how they continue to inspire our guest. Enjoy this look back at an excellent album, which helped usher in the 21st Century!


#nellyfurtado #whoanelly #2000 #y2k #covertocoverconversations #covertocoverwithMT

Episode 12: Keith Fischer (Blind Melon/”All I Can Say” Documentary Film)

Episode 12 is now up on 🍏, google play, Stitcher and TuneIn! I had the great pleasure to talk with multi-instrumentalist and videographer Keith Fischer of Bells and Hunters & Soul Rae Films. We turned our conversation to everything Blind Melon and their original lead vocalist, the exciting and incomparable Shannon Hoon. Keith played a vital role in the creation of a new documentary about Hoon, titled “All I Can Say,” watching 200+ hours of analogue video footage created by the singer, who could be considered the original “video blogger” while on tour with BM during the 1990’s. All I Can Say Film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC earlier this year, and more screenings have been announced for film festivals in Minneapolis and Amsterdam.
Enjoy this delicious piece of ear candy ahead of Halloween! 🎃 👻 🍈🙌👆👆
#BlindMelon #ShannonHoon #ALLICanSay #rock #documentaries #CovertoCoverConversations #CovertoCoverwithMT #music #podcasts

Episode 11: Neal (WOJO) Wojdowski – Silverchair / Frogstomp

Episode 11 is now up on 🍏, google play, Stitcher and TuneIn! Musician Neal Wojdowski “Wojo” sat down with Matt to talk about the rock band Silverchair, and their massive debut effort from 1995 titled Frogstomp. For those who remember Silverchair, they hail from Australia and were just 15 years old when they broke through in America. Enjoy! 🙌👆🐸


#Silverchair #Frogstomp #Australia #Murmur #SonyMusicAustralia #DanielJohns #BenGillies #ChrisJoannou #1995 #OZ #Rock
#CovertoCoverwithMT #podcasts