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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, Rovi
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gregg4165
I can't understand why Old Crow Medicine show would not be listed as a similar artist...
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Usually I'm not a big fan of drums in folk music, but these guys are brilliant!!!
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oddbeanie
Saw them live in Alaska! It was f**king awesome
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badbones41
i like it.
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I'm a fan
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I love theses guys
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Hope these guys play my funeral...
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codecorvid
Maybe Doom Folk is a better descriptor than Southern Gothic?
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savagebikerc h i c k
These guys Rock! I followed 'em around Portland last year when they were promoting the release of their new album Dead Reckoning. Crammed into some small spaces of record stores and pubs it was such a fun and intimate way of getting to know my new favorite band!
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F-ing brilliant. Love these guys. Saw then a year ago here in Oregon. Great show.
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Is it possible to describe a band as southern gothic? If so it's this band. These guys are delightful.. . i n , you know, a mildly apocalyptic creepy way.
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tpye4
Saw them at a bar in Philly that they headlined. They put on a great show. If you like The Builders, check out "Damion Suomi & the Minor Prophets." They were on before the Builders and also put on a really good performance.
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Fantastic live show opening for Heartless B**tards at Cat's Cradle in Chapel Hill. Don't miss a chance to see these guys!
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Amazing live show! I can't wait till they come back through Boston. I first heard them when they opened for Murder By Death and became an instant fan.

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