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 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

Episode 68: Jake Joyce – Bob Dylan/Blonde on Blonde

Episode 68 is now avail on ๐Ÿ, Amazon, Stitcher and Google podcasts!

In this week’s episode, we dialed upย @jakejoycemusicalhumanย from The Jake Joyce Band to talk aboutย @bobdylanย โ€˜s 1966 record Blonde on Blonde side by side.
To paraphrase Barry Judd in High Fidelity: “You don’t have Blonde on Blonde? *sigh* It’s going to be okay.โ€ Enjoy! Link in bio ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ‘‹โœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘† #bobdylan #blondeonblonde #jakejoyceband #covertocoverwithmt #covertocoverconversations

Episode 67: James Hearne – Gord Downie/Coke Machine Glow

Episode 67 is now on the dials! You can find it on ๐Ÿ, Amazon, Google and Stitcher!

Our guest this week is from the Hudson Valley in New York State. He is one @schwaejames , formerly of The Way Home and who has recently released a new solo record under the moniker King Pine.
We sat down one evening to discuss the late @gorddownieofficial from The Tragically Hip and his 2001 debut solo LP Coke Machine Glow. Learn about the authentic coolness of Gord Downie as a human, his lyrical prowess and the unique recording sessions which spawned Coke Machine Glow. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜Š ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿฅค๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

#gorddownie #cokemachineglow #Canada #covertocover #covertocoverwithmt

Episode 66: Anthony Musumeci – Bob Dylan/The Freewheelin’

Episode 66 is now avail on ๐Ÿ, Stitcher, Google Podcasts and Amazon!

We chatted with an old friend of mine, @musumeci_anthony : an American history teacher and co-host of @themusicdraft podcast to talk about @bobdylan โ€˜s second album which was released in 1963 on Columbia Records. Of course, we are talking about The Freewheelinโ€™!

Anthony shares his favorite tracks off this important record thatโ€™s chockablock with original material – including songs which inform and shape his class curriculum, and how they in turn teach and inspire his students who seek to understand social injustices, both past and present. Enjoy! Link in bio ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿคš๐Ÿ‘†๐ŸšŽ
#BobDylan #SuzeRotolo #thefreewheelinbobdylan #TheMusicDraft #MastersofWar #OxfordTown #DontThinkTwiceItsAlright #ColumbiaRecords

Episode 65: Angela Sclafani – Fiona Apple/The Idler Wheel…

Episode 65 is now up on ๐Ÿ, Stitcher, Google and Amazon!

New York City-based performer, songwriter, and theater-makerย @angelasclafaniย stopped by the program in late 2020 to discuss the impact ofย @fionaappleigย โ€˜s music and her fourth studio record The Idler Wheel.
Idler Wheel was recorded in Los Feliz, CA and released back on June 19, 2012 on Epic/Clean Slate Records, and was produced by Fiona Apple and Charley Drayton. Enjoy! Link in bio ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿคšย #fionaapple #theidlerwheel #idlerwheeliswiserthanthedriverofascrew #largo #epicrecords #angelasclafanimusic #CovertoCoverwithMT #covertocoverconversations