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

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