The Builders And The Butchers Record Release Shows

AOL Spinner Listening Party
Sophomore Record “Salvation Is A Deep Dark Well” OUT NOW On Gigantic Music



RCRD LBL – These guys are infamous for riotous live musical performances- the kind that explodes sweaty southern roots gospel music throughout the room until everyone feels warm, gooey and swampy inside. (Which is kind of ironic seen as they are from Portland). It helps they use random equipment (like an oil funnel) as props and instruments. It also helps that they pass an assortment of lids and tambourines like a kindergarten teacher did during chorus class and let us all regress to our juvenile sing-along selves. Really, if you haven’t seen it yet, see it soon.


My Old Kentucky Blog – They play a little bit of dress-up and their music harkens back to a time of great wide open western coastal state expansion. There’s more of a gospel/Tom Waits feel to it all though, and under the dark folk stories, there’s lots of banjo, washboard and fiddle.

Alaska is a most unlikely origin for the five young men who comprise The Builders and the Butchers. Between 2002-2005, each of the members that would eventually form the band moved to Portland from Alaska pursuing music as a means of escaping subzero temperatures and the endless winter darkness.  Soon after moving to Portland Ryan Sollee, singer songwriter and guitarist for The Builders, immersed himself in pre-1950’s American music, and started writing Southern Gothic themed story-songs “I was raised on Punk Rock but when I moved to Portland I discovered American Roots music, I felt as though there was similarities between the two styles. They are both genres that you cannot passively listen to, they almost evoke a response or an immediate reaction from you.”

Summer 2009 US Tour
* Illinois Supporting
 Thursday 06/18 Portland Wonder Ballroom 
 Friday 06/19 Seattle Neumos
        Wednesday 07/15 San Francisco Bottom of the Hill   
 Thursday 07/16 Visalia Cellar Door  
 Friday 07/17 Los Angeles Spaceland 
 Saturday 07/18 San Diego Casbah  
 Monday 07/20 Salt Lake Urban Lounge  
 Tuesday 07/21 Denver Larimer Lounge 
 Wednesday 07/22 Wichita Fischhaus
 Thursday 07/23 Lawrence Replay Outside 
 Friday 07/24 St Louis Off Broadway  with those darlins 
 Saturday 07/25 Cincinnati Mad Hatter
Monday 07/27 Cleveland Beachland  
 Tuesday 07/28 DC DC 9 
 Wednesday 07/29 Philadelphia Johnny Brendas
 Thursday 07/30 Brooklyn Bell House
 Friday 07/31 New York Pianos 
 Saturday 08/01 Boston TT the Bears
Monday 08/03 Detroit Pike Room
 Tuesday 08/04 Pittsburgh Brillobox 
 Wednesday 08/05 Columbus Skully’s  
 Thursday 08/06 Indianapolis Vollrath 
 Friday 08/07 Chicago Lollapalooza  
Sunday 08/09 Madison High Noon TBA 
 Monday 08/10 Minneapolis 400 Bar
 Wednesday 08/12 Missoula Palace
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