Sons of the Golden West primarily plays Americana, indie rock, alternative country, and singer/songwriter. A six-song EP, “Oh, California!” was released in February 2016, which received college radio airplay, including KALX at U.C. Berkeley. 

Music by songwriter Eric Butterfield, who heads up this project, has appeared on more than 250 TV episodes (a partial list appears on the TV Credits page). His song, "Wake Me in Paris," was a semi-finalist in the 2017 International Songwriting Competition (unsigned category) and the 2018 Unsigned Only music contest. An as-yet unreleased song, "In Love With Love" was a semi-finalist in the 2018 Song Of The Year songwriting competition.

Eric is inspired by the variety of the American experience. He can trace his family history to the days of the Mayflower, and also has great grandparents who came through Ellis Island. Eric is a fourth-generation Californian who grew up in the Los Angeles area, absorbing its heritage amidst a rapidly changing landscape.


Travel and relocation have informed much of Eric’s sound. He’s lived in Denver, Colorado, where he discovered a vibrant Americana music scene. He also spent time in Dublin, Ireland, playing power pop with The Mexican Pets, and later moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, playing many of the clubs in the area.

Eric’s TV credits include A&E ("Born This Way" and "Preachers Daughters"), NBC ("Last Call with Carson Daly"), MTV ("True Life"), Bravo ("Flipping Out"), Animal Planet, TLC ("NY Ink"), Discovery Channel ("Auction Kings"), CBS College Sports, Madison Square Garden pre-game shows, and an online video narrated by Ashley Judd, "Help Save Idaho's Wolves."

"Eric Butterfield leads this project with a diversity that has been uber-useful to film/TV folks. Easy to imagine his song fragments enhancing any flick."

— Music Connection


Eric offers custom music and vocal tracks (tenor/alto), as well as lyric and songwriting services. Available instruments include:


  • Acoustic guitar

  • Electric guitar and bass guitar

  • Drums

  • Banjo

  • Melodica

  • Keyboards, synth


You can hire me directly, or on the following marketplaces:

AirGigs: https://www.airgigs.com/user/sotgw

SoundBetter: https://soundbetter.com/profiles/11938-sons-of-the-golden-west

Contact Eric:

eric [at] sonsofthegoldenwest [dot] com


"What a great voice.... and his attention to detail is amazing. A true artist and musician. He coordinated with me multiple times to get a feel for what I was looking for.... he absolutely nailed it and went above and beyond my expectations. Definitely a true artist that has style you might hear on the radio if you already haven't! First class and would recommend his talents! I highly recommend his work to anyone who wants a professional product!! A+++ — Tommy G.

"Eric has completed two tracks for me, and once again my expectations were surpassed. The quality of his work is absolutely wonderful. He is highly detailed, has great lyrical suggestions, and emotional vocal breadth and depth. His musicianship is excellent as is his arrangements. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Eric!" — Larry F.


"Eric is an awesomely professional singer. Fast, diligent, highly communicative, and an honest freelancer who works with you to ensure that you are completely satisfied. Can't recommend him enough. A++"  — Todd S.

"Completely. Blown. Away. A fantastic amount of work went into my order. I am happy and thankful! :) I will order again in the future. Thank you!!!!!" — Beth S.

"The song is outstanding! I am very, very happy with the results! Nice work!" — J.B.

"Great job, very easy to work with, and the end result was fantastic. Will recommend to anyone. Thanks a lot!" — Stan C.

"Oh my god, I can't believe how great this has turned out! I had a tear in my eye! Thank you so much." — Andrew G.

"Eric is a fantastic drummer and musician. He has done a really good job with my track, providing his signature style which I really appreciate. Highly recommended!!" — Dan S.

"Eric took a problematic (but passionate) track that had major timing issues and added drums & bass. He rose to the occasion and made the whole thing unified and seamless. I am blown away by his hard work and expertise. Just WOW! Amazing!!! You can't go wrong if you hire him. Don't hesitate!" — Brad A.