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Meet Ryan Sollee - Lead Singer of The Builders and The Butchers

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Like so many teenagers before him, when Ryan Sollee was fifteen he asked his parents for a guitar. Due to his less than perfect grades, they turned him down, but young Sollee was not to be deterred. He went down to the garage and built one from scratch with some of his dad's fishing line and some balsa wood. "It sounded horrible," he admitted, "But my parents were so impressed, that they broke down and got me one. Either that or the noise was getting to them." Equipped with that sort of musical fire, Sollee eventually moved from his native Alaska to Portland and formed his latest group The Builders and The Butchers. With darkly complex narrative lyrics, and a folkie Americana sound, The Builders and The Butchers are often compared to their Portland buddies the Decemberists. They will be headlining the Spaceland on Friday night supporting their sophomore disk, Salvation is a Deep Dark Well. Ryan was kind enough to speak with us yesterday evening as he was strolling along the beach with his fiance. (We're not sure why, strolling sounded much more fun.) Here is some of what was said.

The Builders and The Butchers - Barcelona