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

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