Biography / Info
Eric Butterfield is a songwriter based in San Francisco, California. When not playing guitar for his indie rock band, Sons of the Golden West, he pens songs that range in style from acoustic guitar ballads to percussion-driven instrumentals.
His songs have appeared in MTV's "Teen Mom" and "16 and Pregnant," "Flipping Out" on Bravo, "Last Chance Highway" on Animal Planet, Starz Studios, and an online video narrated by Ashley Judd, "Help Save Idaho's Wolves." (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qK1mZ4fL6Pk)
Since first becoming fascinated with the acoustic guitar and singer/songwriter music as a kid in the 1970s, he has taken a long and multifaceted musical journey.
Travel and relocation have informed much of Eric’s sound. When living in Denver, Colorado in the 1990s, the vibrant Americana music scene turned him on to alternative country music, though he played drums for the popular local pop punk band, Cold Crank. The band released CDs on local label Caustic Fish as well as its own label Drastic Plastic. Songs from the band were included on compilations from San Diego label Goldenrod and AP magazine, as a result of its regular tours of the West Coast.
Prior to that, Eric lived in Dublin, Ireland, where he indulged himself in noisy power pop, playing drums in The Mexican Pets, which went on to record albums for Blunt Records, tour Europe, and play with the likes of Pavement, Sebadoh, Fugazi and Therapy?.
Nowadays, Eric leaves the noisiness to others, while doing his best to incorporate the catchy pop elements he has learned to love over the years of playing with so many talented musicians.