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 27 is now up on 🍏, google play, Stitcher and TuneIn! Matt telephones Brooklyn-based musician Zachary Ryan Parkman of The Darkest Timeline , Bad Robot Jones and sci-folk project Here Lies The Human Race to discuss Tom Waits’ 1976 album Small Change. Zach shares a few anecdotes about the impact of this record on his own creative pursuits, and reflects on his formative years when left to his own devices in New Orleans. Both Zach and Matt marvel at Waits’ literary genius. Enjoy this episode about one of the master crooners of our time!
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Episode 26 is now up on 🍏, Google Play, Stitcher and TuneIn! We sat down for a discussion with Oklahoma City musician Dan Pechacek of Plain Speak about indie/folk artist and Michigander Chris Bathgate’s A Cork Tale Wake and its early influence on Dan’s own music. Fans of American Football, Neutral Milk Hotel and Nick Drake should cast their attention towards this record; it’s a gorgeous and heart wrenching work in so many beautiful ways. Enjoy! 😊🙌🙌🖐👆#chrisbathgate #acorktalewake #michigan #indiefolk #annarbor #coda #CovertoCoverConversations #CovertoCoverwithMT
Episode 25 is now up on 🍏, Stitcher, Google Play and TuneIn! In this week’s episode, Matt telephoned documentary filmmaker and journalist Zachary Stauffer at his home in Berkeley, CA, to discuss an album that really catalyzed his love for acoustic music. The album? A collaboration between old friends Jerry Garcia and David Grisman (Old & in the Way, Grateful Dead, David Grisman Quintet) titled “Been All Around this World.” BAATW is a shining example of two accomplished players covering the music which inspires them – from traditional folk songs, country classics by legends such as George Jones and Merl Travis, as well as musical icons Jimmy Cliff (reggae) and James Brown (R&B). Enjoy! 😊🙌🙌🖐 #beenallaroundthisworld #jerrygarcia #davidgrisman #davidgrismanquintet #dawg #papabear #covertocoverconversations #CovertoCoverwithMT
Episode 24 is now up on 🍏 , Stitcher, Google Play and TuneIn! In this episode, Andrew Paull of Canadian Invasion sits down with Matt to discuss Blur’s 1995 record The Great Escape and its colorful characters in depth. Enjoy this tasty moment in the history of 1990’s Britpop! 🙌🙌✌️✌️😊 #Blur #thegreatescape #britpop #1995 #covertocoverconversations #CovertoCoverwithMT
Episode 23 is now up on 🍏, google play Stitcher and TuneIn!
In today’s episode, Nashville songwriter Jeff Ruby sits down with Matt to discuss Oasis and their 2nd full length record from 1995 titled What’s the Story, Morning Glory? – and the songs that inspired Jeff to pick up a guitar.
There are some gigantic songs as you may know on this record, dear listener, like Wonderwall and Don’t Look Back in Anger that stand the test of time and continue to inspire people around the world. Enjoy! 😊🙌🙌👆👆👆#Oasis #whatsthestorymorningglory #manchester #dontlookbackinanger #1995 #wonderwall #liamgallagher #noelgallagher #brothers #siblingrivalry #covertocoverconversations #CovertoCoverwithMT
Episode 22 is now up on 🍏, google play, Stitcher and TuneIn! Hot ‘Lanta songwriter Cory Welch visits the program to discuss Stevie Wonder ‘s beautiful bicentennial record Songs in the Key of Life. What might you find in this conversation? We talked about long-time bassist and musical director Nathan Watts, the contributions of Snuffy Walden to popular music and even a connection with Saturday Night Live alum Maya Rudolph to SITKOL. So hit that play button and immerse yourself in the world of “Little Stevie” Wonder. Enjoy!
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Episode 21 is now up on 🍏, google play, Stitcher and TuneIn! In this episode, we telephoned Chris Rattie of Chris Rattie & The New Rebels and dug deep into the emotion and quality of Bruce Springsteen ‘s 1978 album Darkness on the Edge of Town.
Enjoy this conversation as we go racing in the street with “The Boss!” 😊 🙌🙌☝️
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