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

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