Kolon has been busy out east in Bethesda, Maryland, working as a professor at the Uniformed Services University, a health sciences college that is part of the federal government. He previously was a dentist in Park City for roughly 20 years. He sold his private office in 2015, and later served as the Dental Director for the People’s Health Clinic.
He has dabbled with music throughout his life, but recently got more serious in his endeavor. He first started pitching his songs online and has now signed with the British label Animal Farm (yes it is named after George Orwell’s book).
Kolon said he doesn’t buy the conventional wisdom that signing with a label marks the end of a musician’s career. “The thing that a label can do, is one, give you artist development. So you’ll get a manager, you’ll get some person who cares about your music career. And then you’ll also get access to their resources,” he said.
His latest release, ‘Last Time Around,’ was mixed and mastered by Sean McKay at NashVox Studios in the country music capital of Nashville, Tennessee.
Kolon seeks to represent the culture of the West in his music. “It’s a strange place,” he said.
“The funny stuff that goes on in a mountain town, there’s a million stories there that I think that they’re worth telling. And that’s what I’m trying to do via either self-published stuff that I do, which is more old-timey, more pedal steel guitar, or more polished work with the Animal Farm.”
Kolon will be playing at The Notch on Saturday night (Nov. 27) at 7 pm. He hopes to play some more live sets in the Park City area in the spring.