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

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