Sons of the Golden West explores the nuanced textures of indie rock, singer/songwriter, and Americana, its sound deeply rooted in the West Coast. Songwriter Eric Butterfield is a fourth-generation Californian who draws on this heritage, bringing to it a sense of a rapidly changing landscape losing its history. The varied sound of Sons of the Golden West also draws on travel, relocation, and a lot of musical exploration. Eric has played in a pop punk band, been turned on to the vibrant Americana music scene in Colorado, and sat behind the drum kit for an alternative rock band in Dublin, Ireland.
These days, SOTGW is based in Sonoma County, California. Songs by SOTGW have appeared in dozens of TV shows, including Last Call With Carson Daly (NBC), True Life (MTV), The Nate Berkus Show (OWN), Remodeled (Web TV Network), Last Chance Highway (Animal Planet), Porter Ridge (Discovery), and Flipping Out (Bravo). The song "Teriza" appeared in an online video narrated by Ashley Judd, "Help Save Idaho's Wolves." (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qK1mZ4fL6Pk).