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 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

Episode 10: Emily Henry – Patty Griffin / Flaming Red

Episode 10 is now up on 🍏, google play, Stitcher and Tunein! Singer/Songwriter and children’s book shop manager Emily Henry sat down with Matt to discuss Patty Griffin’s debut record from 1998 titled Flaming Red, and its continued impact on her own creative output. You’ll hear discussions about lyrics and the concept of transformational songwriting that makes its way into both Patty and Emily’s songwriting processes. Enjoy! 😊🙌


#pattygriffin #flamingred #1998 #transformational

Episode 9: Ben Potok – Dave Matthews Band / Everyday

Episode 9 is now available on 🍏, google play, Stitcher and TuneIn! Drummer, teacher, booking agent and app developer Ben Potok chatted with Matt about Dave Matthews Band’s 2001 album “Everyday.” Ben talks about being transfixed by “ghost notes” in the groove played by Carter Beauford and listening to “Everyday” in his 1989 Buick LeSabre which subsequently changed his approach to his drum kit. Enjoy! 👋✌️✌️


#DaveMatthewsBand #Everyday #drums #CarterBeauford #DaveMatthews #CovertoCoverwithMT #music #podcasts #2001

Episode 8: Eugene Foley / Van Halen I

Episode 8 is now up on 🍏 , google play, Stitcher and TuneIn ! I had the privilege to chat with Dr. Eugene Foley of Foley Entertainment. We step back in time to 1978 and discuss the debut record from the legendary and original Van Halen. Gene talks about the origins of the band, their connection to Gene Simmons of Kiss, VH’s musical influence on riders, and how blown away he was listening to Eddie Van Halen’s epic instrumental “Eruption” for the first time as a teenager. Enjoy! 👋☝️☝️☝️


#VanHalen #1978 #davidleeroth #diamonddave #eddievanhalen #EVH #wailinhalen #alexvanhalen #michaelanthony #runninwiththedevil #eruption #icecreamman #frankenstrat #covertocoverwithMT #music #podcasts

Episode 7: Derek Evry – The Get Up Kids / Guilt Show

Episode 7 is now up on 🍏, google play, Stitcher and TuneIn! This week I’m sharing with you an extensive & freewheeling conversation with musician Derek Evry on the 2004 album Guilt Show by Lawrence, KS rock outfit The Get Up Kids, their last with Vagrant Records. Derek describes Guilt Show as a perfect batch of chocolate chip cookies in the catalogue of TGUK recordings. Guilt Show followed 2002’s On A Wire, which caught many of TGUK’s hardcore fans off guard with its mellower, acoustic driven ballads.
Shortly after recording this episode, we learned via social media the band had parted ways w/ keyboardist James Dewees, who was with the band since 1999 & played a critical role in the sound and textures of Guilt Show. 👋☝️☝️Enjoy!


#thegetupkids #TGUK #guiltshow #kansas #lawrence #blacklodgestudios #edrose #vagrantrecords #mattpryor #jimsuptic #robpope #ryanpope #jamesdewees #covertocoverwithMT #covertocoverconversations

Episode 6: Richard Newcomb – Jets to Brazil / Orange Rhyming Dictionary

Episode 6 is now available on 🍏, google play, Stitcher and TuneIn! I had the privilege to speak with my great friend Richard Newcomb about the rock band Jets to Brazil’s debut record from 1998 titled Orange Rhyming Dictionary, their first on indie label Jade Tree Records. JTB was a group that formed following the breakup of 3 key punk bands (JAWBREAKER, who reunited in 2017, Handsome and Texas is the Reason). We geeked out a plenty on the songs and courageously attempted to dissect singer Blake Schwarzenbach’s lyrics and possible correlations to what was happening with JAWBREAKER in the mid 90’s. Enjoy the conversation!


#jetstobrazil #orangerhymingdictionary #jadetree #1998 #blakeschwarzenbach #chrisdaly #jeremychatelain #texasisthereason #handsome #jawbreaker