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Sons of the Golden West

Sons of the Golden West is based in Sonoma County, California. The band explores the nuances of indie rock, singer/songwriter and Americana, and released its self-titled debut album on its own label in 2006.

The West Coast roots of its primary songwriter, Eric Butterfield, run deep. 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 inspired him to found Sons of the Golden West (

A Defenders of Wildlife video narrated by Ashley Judd ( features the song “Teriza,” while other tracks have appeared in more than 40 TV shows, including 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), Auction Kings (Discovery Channel), and Flipping Out (Bravo).

Travel and relocation have informed much of the band's sound. When Eric was 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?. In addition to SOTGW, Eric Butterfield, Brian Satterfield and Aaron Markus play in the Bay Area band, The Commissioners.

The lineup for the Sons of the Golden West’s debut album was Eric Butterfield (guitar, bass, vocals, drums), B. Satter (guitar, bass), and Justin Sacco (vocals). With the addition of Aaron Markus on drums, SOTGW performed in the San Francisco Bay Area. A follow-up album is expected soon.