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Loyd Vandergriff is "The Human", of The Human Project. He was born in the south in Columbus, GA, moved to Birmingham, then to Montgomery, Alabama. At age 13, he moved to Los Angeles, CA., but just that little time in the south had a big influence on his musical roots. At age 14 he moved to a sleepy little agricultural town in the Central Valley of California by the name of Corcoran where he went to High School. During this time he played in rock bands all 4 years of high school. The most notible were the Anonymous Five where they cut a 45 in 1967, Trans Love Airway 1968, and Black Earth, 1969. All these bands were exceptional for high school kids. they played every weekend somewhere. Upon graduation in 1969, Loyd was off to college while the rest of the guys kept on. This was frustrating, but he got his degree from San Diego State in 1974 and a teaching credential from Fresno State in 1975. He then became a high school teacher for 19 years at Corcoran High school. He did not play or pick up a guitar for over 35 years. In 2004 he met some friends and starting playing in a little jam band in Visalia, CA. He best describes his efforts at this time as "pathetic." His chops started to return and he bought a Boss Digital Recorder and started writing for fun. He wrote Workin Too Hard, Ridin This Train and Jimmy's Juke Joint right away...he didn't think they were very good, but he just kept at it. Finally he got some friends together and they recorded "The Real Stuff" In 2006. All of these tracks were originally written on that little Boss recorder. The song Standing in The Shadows put him on the map somewhat. The CD started selling in Switzerland, and was purchased across the country. Because of this CD, Stanford University contacted him about playing for the pre game party for their football game for the 2006 season. In 2008, he released Human Project II Humanized. 10 more original Human Project tracks. This was sent to Sterling Sound in NYC and mastered by Robert Fallone. This is his most polished effort and he considers this his best work. In 2010, he released Best of The Human Project. This CD took the best tracks from The Real Stuff and Human Project II. Plus he put 4 new Tracks on it. This is a great CD if you want to get some good Human Project all on one disc. In 2011, he released "Last Train Out." This was his first completely new CD in 3 years. In 2014, Loyd released, "Human's Last Stand." He currently Lives in Clovis/Fresno California with his wife Hilda. He performs on live on rare occasions. His music is original and unique. It comes from the many life experiences he has gone through. So take the time to listen to some of the Human project. It took time to get all of it done..and it is worth the listen.
Influences: Bob Seger. Beatles. Stones. Rascals.