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

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