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

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