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

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