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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.   Barcelona
  4.   Raise Up Your Weary Hands
  5.   All Away
  6.   The Night, Pt. 1
  7.   Moon is on the March
  8.   Find Me in the Air
  9.   Slowed Down Trip to Hell
  10.   Devil Town
  11.   Out of the Mountain
  12.   Red Hands
  13.   The Rain
  14.   Black Elevator-Black Dresses
  15.   Take Me Home
  16.   Redemption Sound
  17.   Poison Water
  18.   The Snow
  19.   Pennies In the Well
  20.   Blood Runs Cold
  21.   Rotten to the Core
  22.   Ten Miles Wide
  23.   The Night, Pt. 2
  24.   Bringing Home the Rain
  25.   Bottom of the Lake
  26.   Spanish Death
  27.   In the Branches
  28.   Black Dresses
  29.   The Night-Red Hands
  30.   Hellfire Mountain
  31.   It Came from the Sea
  32.   Blood For You
  33.   Black Elevator
  34.   Vampire Lake
  35.   The World is a Top
  36.   The Wind Has Come
  37.   Short Way Home
  38.   Raise Up
  39.   The Gallows
  40.   The Coal Mine Fall
  41.   Ceceil
  42.   I Broke The Vein
  43.   When It Rains
  44.   In the Branches-Coal Mine Fall
  45.   Hands Like Roots
  46.   No Roses
  47.   We All Know the Way
  48.   Desert On Fire
  49.   Dirty In the Ground
  50.   Watching the World
  51.   Lullaby
  52.   Down In This Hole
  53.   Family Tree
  54.   Golden & Green

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