从小时候起Paul Butterfield就开始练习古典长笛。他的父亲是位律师，母亲是位画家，他们对音乐训练给予鼓励。Paul Butterfield则制作起与前辈不同的属于自己的音乐，他的乐句往往比那些南方布鲁斯艺人的更长。
当Bob Dylan在一个城市布鲁斯聚会上亲见了Paul Butterfield和他朋友颇受好评的演出后，他把Paul Butterfield的乐队招募到自己麾下。1969年Paul Butterfield在Woodstock演出。到了1980年代，Paul Butterfield为健康状况所困扰。1987年5月4日，他因吸毒过量死于落杉矶，年仅44岁。
Paul Butterfield, one of the first blues harp players to cross over to rock, was born in 1942 in Chicago, Illinois, and began playing classical flute as a child. He also grew up listening to his father's jazz records, and in 1957 he and future bandmate Nick Gravenites began to catch blues acts in the clubs of the South Side. There he met and started jamming with the legends of the postwar blues scene-Muddy Waters, Little Walter Jacobs, Howlin’ Wolf, and others.
From the first, he began to craft his own style-unlike the older players, he didn’t tongue block (except to play octaves), and his phrases were often more drawn out than those of the Southside bluesmen.
n 1963 he and white teenage guitar virtuoso Michael Bloomfield lured a couple of Howlin' Wolf’s sidemen away from Wolf’s band to form the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Fronted by Butterfield’s strong vocals and harp and augmented by Bloomfield’s searing guitar, the band landed a deal for their first LP with Electra in 1965, and also backed Bob Dylan when the folk hero famously defected to rock at the Newport Folk festival that year.
The landmark East West, with it’s jazzy and even raga-rock overtones came out the following year and was a huge success for the group. But with rise of pychedelia the following year, Bloomfield left to play with Electric Flag. Butterfield then retooled by adding a horn section that included young saxman David Sanborn.
In 1969 he played at Woodstock, where I saw him perform, and also teamed up with Muddy and Bloomfield to on the superb Fathers and Sons, a record that also did much for Water’s career by introducing him to a wider audience.
1971 saw Butterfield move to Woodstock, NY, and stop touring. Drugs and alcohol were wearing him down, but he did record two fine albums with Woodstock locals Better Days. By the 1980s he was plagued with health problems, and wound up dying of a drug overdose in Los Angeles in 1987. Innovative and inspired, Paul Butterfield ranks among the greatest harp players.
1. One More Heartache
2. Driftin' And Driftin'
3. Pity The Fool
4. Born Under A Bad Sign
5. Run Out Of Time
6. Double Trouble
7. Drivin' Wheel
8. Droppin' Out
9. Tollin' Bells