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

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