The eye of the musical tornado that is Portland's long-running tour-de-force, The Builders and The Butchers, Ryan Sollee and a band-mate (tba) will join me again, this time in anticipation of their upcoming LP The Spark on 05/19/17, as well as their PDX release concert at The Old Church on 05/06 !
Here's what some other admirers had to say:
"A brand of dark folk with intense vocals and an instrumental setup that is all over the map - strings, banjo, washboard, tambourines, mandolin, etc. are in the mix, along with the traditional guitar and drums." --Cable and Tweed
"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. It blends to create gothic Americana-folk-rock with a little more 'umph!' than your average...song." --My Old Kentucky
"For more than a decade, the members of The Builders and The Butchers have specialized in a kind of white-knuckle Americana: Their acoustic folk-rock sound is shot through with nervy, hellfire-and-brimstone intensity. ...singer Ryan Sollee has a wide-open bellow and a gift for vivid imagery — but The Builders And The Butchers' urgent music, as heard in the new single "Casket Lands," is far more scuffed-up and fatalistic. On May 19, The Builders And The Butchers will return with The Spark, which carries on in the group's tradition of tightly wound roots music that never feels tethered to a single era." - Stephen Thompson, NPR All Songs Considered