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 33: Crowded House / Together Alone

Episode 33 is now up on ๐Ÿ, Stitcher, google play and TuneIn! We sat down with musician Sean Kelly of the band A Fragile Tomorrow to discuss one of his all-time favorite records involving Neil Finn: Crowded Houseโ€™s fourth studio record from 1993, Together Alone. We discussed in great detail the influence of record producer Youth at the helm, Seanโ€™s introduction to the group, Together Aloneโ€™s โ€œlyrical tapestries,โ€ as well as A Fragile Tomorrowโ€™s studio collaboration with keyboardist Mark Hart.
For those unfamiliar with this rock outfit from Australia/New Zealand, allow yourself to be transfixed with the beauty of these tunes. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™ŒโœŒ๏ธโ˜๏ธ๐Ÿš
#CrowdedHouse #TogetherAlone
#NeilFinn #NickSeymour #PaulHester #MarkHart #Youth #1993 #PrivateUniverse #LockedOut #karekare

https://podcasts.apple.com/โ€ฆ/cover-to-cover-wiโ€ฆ/id1475576336

Episode 32: John Athayde – U2/Achtung Baby

Episode 32 is now available on ๐Ÿ, Google Play, Stitcher and TuneIn! In this episode, John Athayde, the man behind a musical project known as Rotoscope, discusses the impact of U2โ€™s seventh studio record from 1991 known as Achtung Baby during his salad days to the present day. We dig deep into Achtungโ€™s heavy themes (biblical, divorce), guitar tones by The Edge, Bonoโ€™s anthemic lyrics and the addition of dance and industrial sounds to U2โ€™s sonic palette. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜Š ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™ŒโœŒ๏ธ๐ŸฆŸ๐Ÿด๐Ÿ€โ˜˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ๐Ÿ“บ

#U2 #Ireland #AchtungBaby #TheFly #Zooropa #ZooTV #1991 #One #MysteriousWays #EvenBetterThanTheRealThing #Bono #TheEdge #AdamClayton #LarryMullenJr #CovertoCoverwithMT #CovertoCoverConversations #HappyStPatricksDay #March17th #Slรกinte
#Slainte

https://podcasts.apple.com/โ€ฆ/cover-to-cover-wiโ€ฆ/id1475576336

Episode 31: Wes Tucker – Ben Harper/Fight for Your Mind

Episode 31 is now up on ๐Ÿ, Google Play, Stitcher and TuneIn! In this episode, songwriter/musician Wes Tucker of Wes Tucker & The Skillets shares how he discovered the socially conscious, melting pot of music of Ben Harper (as an opener for Pearl Jam in the mid 90’s), and then subsequently borrowing a few albums from an old friend after that first live experience! We focus on Ben Harper’s 1995 album Fight for Your Mind, which was his last solo offering on Virgin Records before the official introduction of Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals. Enjoy our conversation as we go track x track! ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ด ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ซ ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฉ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ด ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡น ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œโ˜๏ธ#benharper #fightforyourmind #oppression #burnonedown #weissenborn #benharperandtheinnocentcriminals #1995 #covertocoverwithMT #covertocoverconversations

https://podcasts.apple.com/โ€ฆ/cover-to-cover-wiโ€ฆ/id1475576336

Episode 30: Scott Fallon – Neil Young/After the Gold Rush

Episode 30 is now up on ๐Ÿ, Google Play, Stitcher and TuneIn!
In this episode, Matt telephones Alexandria, VA -based musician Scott Fallon of the Free Flowing Musical Experience and founder of the Alexandria Cryptozoology and Paranormal Society to discuss Neil Young Archives third solo record released in 1970 titled After the Gold Rush. Scott shares the origins of how he connected with Neil’s solo material and discusses the tone and tenor of his favorite tracks. WARNING: Do not be surprised to hear the word flugelhorn continuously weave in and out of this conversation. We also discussed a theory or two behind the cover art of After the Gold Rush. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ #NeilYoung #AftertheGoldRush #solorecord #1970 #SouthernMan #OnlyLoveCanBreakYourHeart #flugelhorns #TopangaCanyon #CovertoCoverwithMT #CovertoCoverConversations

https://podcasts.apple.com/โ€ฆ/cover-to-cover-wiโ€ฆ/id1475576336

Episode 29: Mark Beeson – The Police/Outlandos d’Amour

Episode 29 is now up on ๐Ÿ, Google Play, Stitcher and TuneIn!
Our guest today is Mark Beeson. Mark owns a recording studio Fred & Elvis’ Guitar Lounge, is the bassist for The Jack Pine and can be seen holding down the bottom end, stage left for country/rock outfit Scott Kurt music.
Mark recounts that pivotal moment in his formative years when he discovered The Police and their 1978 debut record Outlandos d’Amour via his older brother’s record collection, and recently performed these complex musical arrangements live for a covers project orchestrated by Washington, DC-based drummer Ben Tufts. Enjoy this look back at an important record!

https://podcasts.apple.com/โ€ฆ/cover-to-cover-wiโ€ฆ/id1475576336

๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ–โœŒ๏ธโœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿš”! #thepolice #outlandosdamour #solonely #roxanne #cantstandlosingyou #bemygirlsally #trios #sting #stewartcopeland #andysummers #1978 #covertocoverwithMT #covertocoverconversations

Episode 28: Jay Byrd – The Black Crowes / The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion

Episode 28 is available for your ears on ๐Ÿ, google play, Stitcher and TuneIn! We called up musician Jay Byrd of Jay Byrd and the Musical Trust and South Rail to discuss Marietta, GA’s stellar rock & roll outfit The Black Crowes and their second LP from 1992 titled The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion. Produced by George Drakoulias, this lineup of The Crowes gave fans and listeners alike a new dynamic, with Marc Ford on guitar and Eddie Harsch on keys. Enjoy this free-wheeling conversation on The Black Crowes and how they reigned supreme on the airwaves on both MTV and FM radio! ๐ŸŽผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ–โœŒ๏ธโ˜๏ธ
๐Ÿ˜Š #TheBlackCrowes #ChrisRobinson #RichRobinson #EdHarsch #JohnnyColt #MarcFord #TheSouthernHarmonyandMusicalCompanion #1992 #BrothersofaFeather #CovertoCoverwithMT #CovertoCoverConversations

https://podcasts.apple.com/โ€ฆ/cover-to-cover-wiโ€ฆ/id1475576336

Episode 27: Zach Parkman – Tom Waits / Small Change

Episode 27 is now up on ๐Ÿ, 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 Waitsโ€™ 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!

https://podcasts.apple.com/โ€ฆ/cover-to-cover-wiโ€ฆ/id1475576336

๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿฅƒ๐ŸŽท๐Ÿฅ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽน#tomwaits #smallchange #waltzingmatilda #bicentennial #1976 #asylumrecords #crooner #steprightup #CovertoCoverConversations #CovertoCoverwithMT