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Stepping to the top

Holden Young Trio brings its funky debut home

Margaret Hair

Steamboat Springs — On Saturday, the Holden Young Trio – Young on vocals and guitar, Billy Franklin on bass and Eric Rolls on drums – will bring its first record, “Steps To The Top,” to the town where it formed and recorded. — On Saturday, the Holden Young Trio – Young on vocals and guitar, Billy Franklin on bass and Eric Rolls on drums – will bring its first record, “Steps To The Top,” to the town where it formed and recorded.

— On Saturday, the Holden Young Trio – Young on vocals and guitar, Billy Franklin on bass and Eric Rolls on drums – will bring its first record, “Steps To The Top,” to the town where it formed and recorded.

With the backdrop of a pre-Halloween costume party at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, Young said the group’s homecoming and CD release party will “be a hoot.”

Young talked with 4 Points about the record, how the trio got together and how coming up with a good Halloween costume isn’t as easy as it looks.

4 Points: So let’s talk about this record – I know it was recorded at Steve Boynton’s studio here in town. How do you think it turned out?

Holden Young: It’s a pretty good representation of our live show, and it has a pretty good mix of danceable tunes.

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It turned out really well. It’s got some really good captured moments of our interaction together. It’s very tight, very syncopated and funky, and it’s got some really good album qualities as well.

4 Points: How long have you guys been playing together?

HY: We got together when we all ended up in Steamboat about two years ago – myself from doing hurricane relief, Billy relieving himself from the hurricane (Katrina), and Rolls was a snowboard coach.

4 Points: For this being your first record together, how did the recording process go?

HY: It went really quickly. Basically, we took a lot of the arrangements we do live and tightened them up to be more album-friendly, with a few exceptions with some longer instrumental stuff.

We took the time in Steamboat to do some

recording, and then for the production, we did all that over the Internet by just sending different samples of the songs and different mixes back and forth, with me in Boulder, Billy in New Orleans and Steve (Boynton) in Steamboat.

Then we did the mastering in Denver, which just brings out all the nice qualities of the recording and creates one sound in order to make it sound like an album.

4 Points: Tell me some about this show at Mahogany on Saturday.

HY: Saturday at Maho-

gany is going to be so great. We’re going to have a costume party, and we’re going to be giving away some T-shirts we had made for the record. There’s going to be dance contests and funky costume contests.

It’s going to be a hoot, a celebration. It’s kind of the end of the tour, and we’ll be coming back home to Steamboat where we have a lot of friends.

4 Points: Do you have a costume picked out yet?

HY: I’ve got a pretty good ninja outfit.

4 Points: How do you have a pretty good ninja outfit?

HY: It’s a really good ninja outfit.

4 Points: Is it an actual costume or did you make it?

HY: It’s made from thrift store stuff, mostly.

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