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Matt Tarka is a singer/songwriter whose introspective lyrics and sharp rhythms are designed for your back porch or a ride into town. Tarka’s songs can jolt you like a conversation with an old friend, picking up right where you left off on the trail. He has been compared to rockers turned folk artists including Kevin Seconds, Vic Ruggiero, Jesse Malin, TV Smith and Gene Clark.
He can be found performing his brand of folk rock at such venues as The Velvet Lounge, DC9 (DC), IOTA Club and Cafe, Jammin' Java (VA) The Ottobar (Baltimore), MilkBoy Coffee/The Fire/Dawson Street Pub (Philadelphia), The Cave (Chapel Hill, NC), Sullivan Hall (NYC) among many others. Tarka has also performed at The Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Music Festival in October 2011 and 2012, the 2013 Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg, PA, as well as the 2013 Singer-Songwriter Cape May Music Conference.
Tarka recorded his debut EP in July 2011 titled Motorcycle Breakfast, produced by Dave Mallen. This collection of songs delivers a poignant message in a somewhat playful and endearing way. DC Rock Live’s David Hintz writes: “The best of his style are the vocal lines he writes that are simple enough on the face of things, but have a few hooky moments that bring his songs to life.”
Since the release of Motorcycle Breakfast, songs from the EP have been featured on three Compilation Discs, including Music Still Happens Here, Volumes 1 and 2: a Compilation of DC Music, as well as the 2013 edition of the Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg, PA.
In addition, Matt Tarka has been recognized by Relix Magazine as an "Artist on the Rise" and his original song "Indigo Bunting" is included in Relix's October/November 2013 issue, and on their CD Sampler of new music.
Matt Tarka has shared the stage with artists including The Ladybug Transistor, Thrushes, The Snowy Owls, South Rail, The WeatherVanes, The Highballers, The French Admirals and Yellowtieguy.