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

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