Slacker Logo


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
Read More Read Less

Stations Featuring
The Builders and the Butchers

Albums by
The Builders and the Butchers

Top Songs by
The Builders and the Butchers

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

Artists Related to The Builders and the Butchers

Loading Sliders...
  1. + -



Casting to |