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.ย ย 

Episode 78: Derek Evry – Mark Mulcahy / The Gus

Episode 78 is now avail on ๐Ÿ, Stitcher, Google podcasts and Amazon!

For today’s episode we have a return guest, Mr. Derek Evry. Derek is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who has gone on to front several successful rock bands in the D.C. area (1999-2006) before briefly attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA (2006) and returning to D.C. to work on his own music.

For our conversation today, we will be placing our focus on American musicianย @mark_mulcahyย and his 2019 solo record titled The Gus. For those unfamiliar, he is the front man for the New Haven, CT based band Miracle Legion. He later formedย @thebandpolarisย : a house band for the mid-1990s alternative TV series The Adventures of Pete & Pete.
To quote our guest verbatim about The Gus, โ€œEach song on this album is a double sided coin of both joy and pain. It’s the perfect record for almost every occasion. Mark, being an already very accomplished songwriter, really takes this one to a personal yet eccentric place. Do not skip this album.” Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œโœ‹๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿ‘‰#markmulcahy#thegus#covertocoverpodcast#covertocover#covertocoverwithmt

Episode 77: Craig Patrick (AKA Giants of Diving) – Patty Griffin / Living with Ghosts

Episode 77 is now avail on ๐Ÿ, Google, Amazon and Stitcher!

We sat down to speak with artist Craig Patrick of @giantsofdiving : a guitar-driven, synth-tinged, multi-hyphenated, indie-pop/rock with all vocals and instrumentation recorded by Patrick using a microphone, three guitars, a synthesizer, a laptop computer, a tangle of wires, and some very powerful audio recording software he barely understands. Craig is also a poet with writing published in Forth Magazine, Door is a Jar, and Algebra of Owls among other places.

Our conversation today digs deep into the beauty, rawness and authenticity of @pattygmusic โ€˜s debut studio from 1996 titled Living With Ghosts. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸคšโœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ‘ป#pattygriffin#livingwithghosts#covertocover#covertocoverwithmt

Episode 76: Jon Garcia (of Jon Garcia and the Hopeless Romantics) – Switchfoot / The Beautiful Letdown

Episode 76 is now up on ๐Ÿ, Google Podcasts, Stitcher and Amazon!

Our guest today is @hopelessromanticjon : musician and front man for the appropriately named pop rock outfit @jhrmusic

We caught up with Garcia by telephone and discussedย @switchfootย โ€˜s fourth studio record The Beautiful Letdown. There is an unmistakable passion in Garcia’s voice when talking about a band that has had one of the most profound influences on his musicianship. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Episode 75: Julia Cain – The (Dixie) Chicks/Taking the Long Way

Episode 75 is now avail on ๐Ÿ, Google, Stitcher and Amazon!

Folklorist and college administrator @juliaecain & I discussed @thechicks and their seventh studio album Taking the Long Way, which was released in 2006 on Columbia Nashville. The Chicks received quite a back of backlash at this juncture of their career for their beliefs and their refusal to apologize or back down to anyone. This long-form interview with Julia is in the truest sense of the word an examination of a band who continues to put out great music, and still “not ready to make nice.” Enjoy! Link in bio ๐Ÿ˜„
#takingthelongway#dixiechicks#thechicks#collaborations#covertocover#covertocoverwithmt ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ–

Episode 74: Hannah Garrison of Wear Your Music – Madonna

Episode 74 is now avail on ๐Ÿ, Google, Stitcher and Amazon!

In today’s episode, we meet Hannah Garrison, President of @wearyourmusic .

WYM makes music memorabilia from used and donated materials in an effort to help green the music industry, connect fans to musicians and raise money for charities around the globe.

In addition to her current entrepreneurial ventures, Garrison spearheads a success-accelerating consulting practice anchored by a team of entrepreneurs who are changing the world. Via group and private session work, they offer strategy, clarity and organizational help to individuals and businesses.

Our conversation centers aroundย @madonnaย – AKA the โ€œQueen of Pop,” and the imprint her career has left on Hannah both personally and professionally. Enjoy!



Episode 73: Josh Engle – The Devils Wears Prada/Plagues

Episode 73 is now avail on ๐Ÿ, Amazon, Google & Stitcher!

In today’s episode, we called up Liverpool, PA’s @joshwearsprada . Josh plays guitar in two different bands, including @illusionofsolace and Elsewhere, and owns the recording studio @nativestudiospa .

For our conversation today, weโ€™ll be discussing a โ€œChristian metalcore โ€œ band that has greatly influenced Josh –ย @tdwpbandย and their studio album Plagues. Plagues was recorded at The Foundation Recording Studios, Connersville, Indiana and originally released back on August 21, 2007 on Rise Records. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿ‘†


#thedevilwearsprada #plagues #covertocoverconversations #covertocoverwithmt

Episode 72: Mike Nealon – Oasis/Definitely Maybe

Episode 72 is now avail on ๐Ÿ, Google, Stitcher and Amazon!

In this week’s episode, we spoke with @nealonmike of Queens, NY and discussed all things @oasis and their debut record “Definitely Maybe.” The smash hit “Live Forever” is still Nealon’s all-time favorite song and Definitely Maybe captures a hungry and energetic band poised and ready to take the world by storm. Enjoy! Link in bio ๐Ÿ˜Š

@liamgallagher @themightyi @boneheadspage @tonymccarroll1 #guigsy


๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™ŒโœŒ๏ธย #oasis#definitelymaybe#liamgallagher#noelgallagher#bonehead#guigsy#tonymccarroll#liveforever

Episode 71: Matt Berry – The Stereo/ Rewind + Record)

Episode 71 is now avail on ๐Ÿ, Stitcher, Google and Amazon!

In today’s episode, we sat down to chat with guitarist/songwriter Matt Berry (@cfrequency ) about @thestereorock โ€˜s last LP titled Rewind + Record, which was released on @fueledby back in June of 2002. Many themes and musical moves are present on this record, but at its core is the belief in one’s art and power of letting go of people or things that weigh you down.
Fun Fact: Frontman Jamie Woolford has produced the last few albums by Classified Frequency.

Enjoy! Link in bio ๐Ÿ˜€ โฎ+ โบ podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cover-to-cover-with-matt-tarka/id1475576336


Please Note: While this was a 1 v 1 conversation, you may pick up traces of a screaming child being in the early stages of sleep training. It’s going much better now.

Episode 70: Brittany Valint – Ben Kweller/Sha Sha

Episode 70 is now avail on ๐Ÿ, Amazon, Google and Stitcher! In todayโ€™s episode, we called up musician and school teacherย @brittjeanvalย fromย @walloftrophiesย to discuss the debut album from songwriterย @benkwellerย . That of course is Sha Sha, which was recorded back in 2002 and released at ATO Records.

This album is important to our guest as you will find out, whether it’s recalling a memorable show, Kweller’s heartfelt and at times off-beat lyrics and his commitment to just freaking ROCK! There’s something for everyone here and I will keep quiet so as to not spoil the plot. Tune in and Enjoy! Link in bio ๐Ÿ˜Š ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿชฅ#benkwellerย #shashaย #redย #toothbrushย #covertocoverwithmtย #covertocoverconversations

Episode 69: Adam C. Grabowski- Thrice/BEGGARS

Episode 69 is now avail on ๐Ÿ, Google podcasts, Stitcher and Amazon!

In this week’s episode, we speak with Gettysburg, PA’s Adam Grabowski. Adam is a freelance drummer/live sound engineer/drum tech/freelance studio and mic engineer/ and host of the @backseatplaylistpodcast – dedicated to breaking down what influenced musicians, producers, engineers, techs, and artists to pursue the craft.

Adam and I discussed @thrice and their seventh studio album Beggars, which was released on @vagrantrecords back in 2009. This record had a profound impact on Adam during some of life’s difficult moments, and I hope you enjoy his earnestness, wonderfully dry wit and a deep, intellectual appreciation for this band. Enjoy! Link in bio ๐Ÿ˜Š ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸคŸ๐ŸคŸ๐ŸคŸ#thrice#beggars#covertocoverconversations#covertocoverwithmt