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Download Sales for Human Project Music June 2020 

June was another pretty good month for downloads sales of Human Project Music.  It seems many are going back and listening to some of my older releases like "The Real Stuff," that was released in 2006.    Songs from the new release, "Intersection," does not show up in sales yet.  It will take approximately 60 days to get into the system. I have high expectations for it.

This month, 60 different Human Project songs were downloaded from my various releases.  People from 25 different countries hopped on board.  Of these 60 downloads, I wrote 55 of them.  How many songs total have I written?  I really lost count. I know well over 70.  I also know other artists are recording some of them and I look forward to my next report next month to find out exactly how many and which songs.

This is the breakdown for June sales:


Highway 58                                          Humanize 2017.

Hi Fallutin Momma                               The Real Stuff 2006.

Red Vette Roll                                      The Real Stuff 2006

Life                                                       Fadin To Gray 2019

Ridin This Train                                    The Real Stuff 2006

Headin For Tennessee                         The Real Stuff 2006

Bar Room Meltdown                             Humanize 2017

My V8 Ford                                           Human Project II, Humanized 2008.


Top Countries to download Human Project Music:




Great Britain






CD's that got the most downloads:

Best of the Human Project  2010

Humanize 2017

The Real Stuff 2006

Fadin To Gray 2019

Human's Last Stand 2014

Last Train Out 2011

Humanized 2008


Thanks for all your support of Human Project Music.  Thanks to all that downloaded, "Intersection," and to those considering downloading it.  I am a purely self made artist. I write, record and do all the promotional work by myself.  If I go into the studio, (last time was 2017) I am fortunate to have some very good local musicians to draw upon.  I have my favorites who know my style and what works for me. Thanks to all of them.


The Human Project 2011. This unit played in the Tower District for a CD release party.  The place was packed and we rocked the place.  Never heard back from them, and never have been asked to do another gig around these parts despite my sales and killer band I could put together. A shame. 




Intersection releases!!! 

Human's new release, "Intersection," at long last has finally released.  This is a link you can get it at Apple Music,  but if you do a search of The Human Project, Intersection, other sites you may want to use to download it will come up. It is a download only release.

A few comments about "Intersection."

I am very proud of this release.  It was recorded entirely in my home studio.  I play all the instruments on every track and sing all the vocals.  AC Myles of Fresno, CA provides hot lead guitar work on 3 of the tracks.  This release has more of a home grown, organic feel to it.  Some songs I dug deeper into the lyrics.  The title track, "Intersection," is a good example of this.  Some commentary about each song for you.

Something Big:

Something big was written by Tom Petty, It is on his Hard Promises release from 1981.  I always liked it, so I took a crack at it.  My version is more of a stripped down, acoustic driven one with AC Myles providing searing lead guitar work.  I had to change the bridge to make it work for me and the direction I was taking it.  This is a very strong track and I am pleased with the way this one finished up.  A jammin tune for sure.

The Intersection:

I wrote this one and it just might be my best song yet out of so many I have written over the years.  It is about growing old, how long it takes to get there, and then the realization that you have indeed gotten old and have reached, "The Intersection."  This is when you cross over from youth to advanced age and it moves very quickly after this.  A poignant, acoustic driven track with killer harmonies.

Raisin Cane:

A hard rockin track that describes a guys venture out on his high powered bike to do some partying, and ultimately his escape from this back to reality.  Lead guitar work provided by Fresno's AC Myles. Words and music by Loyd Vandergriff

Ode To Nam:

A very sparse acoustic driven track about Vietnam vets, and what they faced when they returned home from the war.  Words and music by Loyd Vandergriff.

You Keep Watching Me:

Another acoustic driven track that simply cooks.  Just a hot jam that cruises along with song tasty harmonica provided by The Human.  Written by Kent Dykes of Omar and the Howlers.


The Human wrote Corona in February. There was only ONE case in the USA at the time.  In it, he lays out what could happen, and as you listen you will see that the lyrics are prescient in nature.  This is a jammin acoustic track reminiscent of Richie Haven's opening at Woodstock.  There are some killer conga's in the track and AC Myles of Fresno lays down an absolutely smokin lead guitar track.

Well All Right:

Well All Right was written by Buddy Holly and of course I was and am, a big fan. So, I decided to take on "Well Allright."  It's a tight jammin track.

Working Class Hero:

Written by John Lennon and on one of his solo releases after leaving the Beatles.  Always a favorite, I decided to take a shot at this one as well.  A sparse acoustic driven track, similar to Lennon's but with Human touches added.

Gin That Cotton:

I wrote this one about Cotton Ginning. This track uses lyrics that some won't understand if they have no understanding of ginning cotton. So it will have a rather narrow audience appeal.  But I wanted to include it on this release.

All Come Together:

This song I wrote has a 60's vibe of peace and love and tossing aside all of our differences and coming together as a nation.  It is idealistic and even utopian in nature, since the idea that we could all come together during these times seems remote.  The spirit of the 60's is long gone, replace by bitterness and partisanship.  But I wanted to record it and put it out there for those who still cling to hope that this could happen.

So, This is The Intersection. I hope you will consider downloading it into your phone or computer and checking it out.

Thanks for all your support over the years.

"The Intersection." officially released in June of 2020.  

10 new songs. 7 new Human Project originals.

See why The Human is one of the top selling artists from Central California.



I have a couple of new updates for you regarding Human Project Music.

1), My new release, "Intersection," is still stuck at CDBaby. I have been trying not to call them, because I know how I will ultimately get with them regarding this big mess. Hell, they have had it so long, I have written 3 new songs since then.  I am still excited about the quality and variety on it, if it would only release to all the major sites.

2). I wrote a new song called "Whiskey."  I recorded it in my home studio, then I sent it to my friend AC Myles to lay down the lead track. As usual, he did a killer job. No plans to release this anytime soon, but I do have long term plans for it.

3). I started working with a long time friend, David Brown on a couple of new songs.  It's a little change of direction for me, but I welcome it.  This is more country rock type stuff and I can get right in the middle of that.  I have country roots as well. David is a very skilled all around player. From guitar to mandolin, he is very accomplished.  We have 2 songs we are working on right  now. Just a hint, if you like Lyle Lovett, you are really going to dig one of em.

I appreciate everyone's support of my music. I have an international following for which I am very grateful.  When I started all this in 2005, I never dreamed I would get this far with it.


With David Brown.  David has also played mandolin on one of my top selling downloads,

"Norwegian Wood," a Beatles track off Rubber Soul. He played on "King Cotton," as well. 

Stay tuned for a couple of new tracks soon.

Loyd, better known as The Human to his close friends, has released 6 CD's and one download only release since 2005. 

Most of the material is original.  All of this after he stopped playing after high school, and didn't start playing again for close to 40 years.

His new one, "Intersection," is stuck at CDBaby.  He is excited to get it released. At 69 years of age now,

he will keep doing this as long as he can put out quality songs.  He figures he has a few more years left in the tank.


Top Downloads for May 2020 

These are the top downloads for Human Project music for the month of May, 2020.  Over 26 countries downloaded the music.  The top downloads are as follows.

Highway 58                (Vandergriff)                         Humanize 2017                        

Norwegian Wood       (Lennon/McCartney)            Human's Last Stand 2014

Taliban Man               (Vandergriff)                         Best of The Human Project 2010

Jimmy's Juke Joint    (Vandergriff)                         The Real Stuff 2006

57 Channels              (Springsteen)                        Fadin To Gray 2019

Life                            (Vandergriff)                          Fadin To Gray 2019

Beyond Blue              (Vandergriff                           Human's Last Stand 2014

Deep River                (Vandergriff)                          Human Project II, Humanized 2008

Despite existing in relative obscurity, Loyd is one of the top selling artists from Central California.  His music sells internationally. He has no label backing. No management. No PR firm. He does all of it himself.  He also produces his own music. He also hosts Human's Show, a podcast he has been doing for close to 10 years. It has an international following.

The new release is still delayed at CDBaby.  Beyond Frustrating.

Thanks for your support of Human Project Music.

From the Central Valley Of California comes...........Loyd Vandergriff's Human Project.

Rockin since 2005.

New Release Updates  

The news regarding my new release "Intersection," is not good. While CDBaby is understaffed and many are working at home, there is no excuse for the clusterfuck I have faced trying to get this released.  They have had it for 3 months. Little or no communication from them.  Finally, they come back and tell me my cover art does not meet their standards in terms of photo quality. WTF. I used software they provided to get the pic to quality requirements they require. And this is a digital download release only. This pic is not for a physical CD. So....I submitted a pic taken by a professional photographer close to 10 years ago.  The only way this will be rejected is if I have used it before on a single release or something like that.  Hell, I can't remember. I have released "a few."  Songs like "Corona," that was written in February are losing their relevance, which is a bummer because the song was spot on. It is a hot jam with AC Myles on lead guitar.  

That all said, I think "Intersection" is a very good release.  10 songs. 7 originals.  Some of the songs are deeper and more thought provoking. I have been doing this for 16 years now and I feel I continue to grow as an artist, although I am not getting any younger.

I hope you will consider Intersection when it finally does release.  I will provide you with the link.


New Cover For Intersection.