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The Builders and the Butchers

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

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