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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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The Builders and the Butchers

  1.   Song
  2.   Casket Lands
  3.   Cradle On Fire
  4.   We All Know the Way
  5.   No Grave
  6.   The Night, Pt. 2
  7.   Older Than Sin
  8.   Devil Town
  9.   Take Me Home
  10.   Redemption Sound
  11.   The World is a Top
  12.   The Night, Pt. 1
  13.   Fox
  14.   Blood Runs Cold
  15.   Vampire Lake
  16.   Golden & Green
  17.   Red Hands
  18.   Darker Day
  19.   When It Rains
  20.   In the Branches-Coal Mine Fall
  21.   Desert On Fire
  22.   The Wind Has Come
  23.   Bringing Home the Rain
  24.   Let It Shine
  25.   All Away
  26.   Hellfire Mountain
  27.   Family Tree
  28.   Take These Bones
  29.   All Turn to Fire Pt. 1
  30.   Find Me in the Air
  31.   Ten Miles Wide
  32.   Spanish Death
  33.   The Snow
  34.   No Roses
  35.   It Came from the Sea
  36.   I Broke The Vein
  37.   Hands Like Roots
  38.   Slowed Down Trip to Hell
  39.   The Coal Mine Fall
  40.   The Gallows
  41.   Bottom of the Lake
  42.   Moon is on the March
  43.   Out of the Mountain
  44.   Black Elevator-Black Dresses
  45.   Poison Water
  46.   Watching the World
  47.   Black Dresses
  48.   Never Tell
  49.   Short Way Home
  50.   Barcelona
  51.   Rotten to the Core
  52.   Black Elevator
  53.   Edge of a Knife
  54.   Blood For You
  55.   Raise Up Your Weary Hands
  56.   Lullaby
  57.   Dirty In the Ground
  58.   Raise Up
  59.   The Rain
  60.   Let the Wind Carry Me Home
  61.   Down In This Hole
  62.   The Night-Red Hands
  63.   Pennies In the Well
  64.   All Turn to Fire Pt. 2
  65.   Ceceil
  66.   In the Branches

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