Ken Elkinson saw his musical dreams come to fruition when he released his debut CD of original piano solos in March, 1997. Entitled Midnight Conversation, Ken’s CD finds its roots in Pennsylvania at Muhlenberg College. It was at Muhlenberg that he found many comforts and sources of inspiration; its artistically-minded, close knit community and close proximity to New York City helped shape Ken’s outlook and composition. After a short stint with a college rock band, Ken began paving the way for his solo career during his junior year. He attributes much of his initial determination and songwriting success to his college’s musical facilities. I never had to wait to play a beautiful baby grand piano, and this certainly kept the creative process flowing, recalls Ken.
A New Jersey native, Ken selected Tullen Sound Recording in Morristown, New Jersey to begin the initial steps of the recording process in the summer of 1994. Soon after these sessions, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia, which became his home for the next three years. Ken spent nearly a year in post-production both planning and saving to finance his release. On a whim, I asked the popular New York illustrator, Dave Cutler, to paint my album cover. With paintings starting in the tens of thousands, I never thought that he would consider me, with my shoestring budget. Luckily, he listened to my music and believed in the opportunity to help create my artistic image, explains Ken. He also tapped New York-based Edie Altschull to contribute to his identity with her cover calligraphy. Ken then sought the assistance of some local Atlanta artists to complete his project including: recording/mastering engineer Glenn Matullo, manufacturing coordinator Kris Larsson and graphic artists Mike Weikert and Paula Staska. Meanwhile, Ken called upon his business background in creating August Son Productions, his own full service production company. Registered in 1997, ASP encompasses Far Blue Music, a publishing company, August Son Productions, the record label, and August Son Films, a film production company. In 1999, Midnight Conversation sold out its initial pressing.