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

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