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

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