Sons of the Golden West plays indie rock with varying shades of down-to-earth Americana and more dreamy undercurrents.


"Punch Drunk Moon," a collection of 10 instrumentals, arrived in January 2020. It was preceded by the six-song EP, “Oh, California!” in 2016. 

Sons of the Golden West is a moniker used by songwriter Eric Butterfield, whose music has appeared on more than 250 TV episodes (a partial list appears on the TV Credits page).


He performs as a solo acoustic act in Northern California. He has appeared on KOWS (Occidental), KRCB (Rhonert Park) and KWMR (West Marin County).


His latest single, “Boy In A Bubble,” is about the frustrations of social isolation during the worldwide pandemic. The song was a runner-up in the 2020 Song of the Year contest. His upcoming single, "In Love With Love," was a semi-finalist in the 2018 Song Of The Year competition. His first single, “Wake Me in Paris,” made the semi finals in the 2017 International Songwriting Competition (unsigned category).

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 the heritage of a continuously changing landscape.


"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, electric, and bass guitar

  • Live drums

  • Banjo

  • Keyboards, synth

See these online listings of Eric's services:

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

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

Feel free to email:

sotgwband [at] gmail [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.

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