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

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