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Matt Tarka / Press

“Rising singer-songwriter”

“Dylan-esque lyrics and confident power chord guitar accompaniment.”

“One of my personal favorite local singer-songwriters. He has a particularly sharp ditty about public libraries.”

“I have compared him to the Kevin Seconds/Vic Ruggiero/Jesse Malin type folk school of rockers that can write well enough and have the voice to deliver good to very good folk sets. I think 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.”

“Tarka's formula is to keep it simple and direct. He sings, plays acoustic guitar and that is it. The chords are simple and strongly hit featuring plenty of barre chords. This is a style comparable with a lot of rockers turned folk artists such as Kevin Seconds and TV Smith. I am reminded quite a bit of TV Smith with the powerful direct acoustic guitar and the moderately high pitched voice that also shares the direct intensity of the guitar. If you want some good songs put forward sincerely, Matt Tarka's set will do the trick.”