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Eric Butterfield

Music: Composition, Instrumental, Vocal; term
Eric Butterfield

Sons of the Golden West is a band that released its eponymous CD in 2006.

In 2009, primary songwriter Eric Butterfield became a father, and SOTGW became a recording project. Eric has worked hard since then to keep the name alive through TV placements, and to further his own musical goals. Since late 2010, his music has appeared on more than 170 TV episodes on roughly 70 TV shows.

This year, Eric aims to reform a live act in Sonoma County, and has begun playing solo acoustic at open mic nights to help realize that goal. Currently, he is recording two singles with a producer in Marin County. His next recording goal is to release an EP or full-length LP early next year. His 2016 self-recorded and independently released six-song EP, “Oh, California!”, received airplay on KALX in Berkeley, the Americana Music Show (Durham, N.C.), WCNI (Connecticut), and was put in rotation at San Diego State’s KCR.

Eric’s TV credits include Last Call With Carson Daly (NBC), True Life (MTV), The Nate Berkus Show (OWN), Remodeled (Web TV Network), Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo), N.Y. Ink (TLC), Last Chance Highway (Animal Planet), Porter Ridge (Discovery), Flipping Out (Bravo), and PM Miami (Mun2). The song “Teriza” appeared in an online video narrated by Ashley Judd, “Help Save Idaho’s Wolves.” ( A nearly complete list can be found at

The West Coast roots run deep for songwriter Eric Butterfield. He is a fourth-generation Californian who grew up in the Los Angeles area. This heritage and a sense of a rapidly changing landscape losing its history inspire much of what has become the varied sound of Sons of the Golden West ( Travel and relocation have informed much of his sound. In the 1990s, Eric was turned on to the vibrant Americana music scene in Denver, Colorado. At the time, he played in a pop punk band that toured the Western U.S. and released multiple albums, landing songs on compilations from AP magazine and San Diego label Goldenrod Records. Prior to that, Eric played in Dublin, Ireland, with The Mexican Pets, which recorded albums for Blunt Records, toured Europe, and played with the likes of Pavement, Fugazi, Sebadoh, and Therapy?. More recently he played in San Francisco with the Subtractions before forming Sons of the Golden West, both of which performed in clubs in the Bay Area and beyond.



  • This is an ode, a \"hats off\" to the great Golden State, and a little something of a love song, wrapped up in a barnburner. Title track from the 6-song EP, \"Oh, California!\" from Sons of the Golden West

  • \"Lightning Bite\" is an instrumental track from Sons of the Golden West, and a candidate for inclusion in an upcoming album.

  • This is a demo of \"Never Meant to Hurt Nobody,\" a track that will appear in an upcoming album.