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The Builders and the Butchers

Although the Builders and the Butchers formed in Portland during the mid-2000s, the band's hybrid of folk, country, and twangy rock evokes the Great Depression more than the contemporary Northwest. The group's beginnings date back to fall 2003, when frontman Ryan Sollee relocated from Alaska to Portland with his then-current band, the Born Losers. A newfound fascination with blues, country, and gospel music convinced Sollee to launch a different project, and the musician teamed up with several local players -- including bassist Alex Ellis, organist/percussionist Ray Rude, drummer Paul Seely, and mandolin/banjo player Harvey Tumbleson -- to form the Builders and the Butchers. Playing their first show in fall 2005 (on Halloween weekend, no less), the Builders quickly found an audience with their dark, Southern gothic songcraft, most of which was played on acoustic instruments with little amplification. Although the band was forced to add amplifiers as the crowds increased, the down-home appeal still remained, and local Americana label Bladen County Records soon signed the Builders and the Butchers to their roster. A self-titled LP followed in March 2007. Despite being recorded in a studio, the band's debut was essentially a live record. Released in 2009, Salvation Is a Deep Dark Well proved to be a different story, featuring a polished Americana sound courtesy of the Decemberists' Chris Funk, who produced the album. After logging several months on the road, the Builders and the Butchers went back to their original approach for their third effort, Dead Reckoning, which was recorded in a series of inspired live takes over eight days. In 2013 the band released its fourth studio outing, the Badman-issued Western Medicine. ~ Andrew Leahey
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  1.   Song
  2.   Cradle On Fire
  3.   Bringing Home the Rain
  4.   Barcelona
  5.   Family Tree
  6.   The Night, Pt. 1
  7.   Devil Town
  8.   When It Rains
  9.   In the Branches-Coal Mine Fall
  10.   The Rain
  11.   The Night-Red Hands
  12.   Take Me Home
  13.   Poison Water
  14.   Raise Up Your Weary Hands
  15.   We All Know the Way
  16.   The World is a Top
  17.   The Coal Mine Fall
  18.   Watching the World
  19.   Find Me in the Air
  20.   I Broke The Vein
  21.   Raise Up
  22.   The Night, Pt. 2
  23.   Dirty In the Ground
  24.   In the Branches
  25.   Short Way Home
  26.   Bottom of the Lake
  27.   Redemption Sound
  28.   Hellfire Mountain
  29.   Pennies In the Well
  30.   No Roses
  31.   It Came from the Sea
  32.   Black Elevator
  33.   Vampire Lake
  34.   The Wind Has Come
  35.   Slowed Down Trip to Hell
  36.   The Gallows
  37.   Golden & Green
  38.   Blood Runs Cold
  39.   Ten Miles Wide
  40.   Desert On Fire
  41.   Red Hands
  42.   Blood For You
  43.   Lullaby
  44.   Moon is on the March
  45.   Black Elevator-Black Dresses
  46.   Spanish Death
  47.   Down In This Hole
  48.   All Away
  49.   Rotten to the Core
  50.   The Snow
  51.   Black Dresses
  52.   Hands Like Roots
  53.   Out of the Mountain
  54.   Ceceil

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