Hear the trio play "Shelter From the Storm" — Human (nee Matthew Donowick) looks out for the needs of this generation and the next in his music. His lyrics address the organic food movement and other environmental causes, hemp legalization, community, addictions, love and, most of all, human preservation.
Human (nee Matthew Donowick) looks out for the needs of this generation and the next in his music. His lyrics address the organic food movement and other environmental causes, hemp legalization, community, addictions, love and, most of all, human preservation.
"This is about creating and preserving the world for our children and not about making money for me in the moment," says the singer, songwriter and guitarist. "I'm open to doing both, but I'm not going to give up my children's future."
Human left his home state, Ohio, in 2001 and moved to Mendocino, Calif., where he lived for seven years. Since then, he has spent time in Costa Rica, Hawaii and Ashland.
Although he says he feels most at home in Southern Oregon and misses farm-fresh food, Human moved to Nashville, Tenn., last year after his father died to be closer to his mother and be part of a bigger music scene. Fortunately, his Americana, country and roots-rock are right at home in "The Music City."
Human will return to his old stomping grounds to perform with his band, The Human Revolution, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Applegate River Lodge, 15100 Highway 238, Applegate. At the lodge, he'll play with his "A-lineup," which includes guitarist Jeff Pevar, vocalist Amae Love, drummer Michael Saint John and bassist Sam Frey.
"We have such a nice synergy, and because we're like brothers, we have a lot of trust for one another, which allows us to really try new things musically, go into uncharted territory and follow each other," Human says in an email.
The band will play songs from Human's 2012 West Coast country album, "Small Town," co-produced by Pevar, as well as some new material, including songs that will be released later this year on Human Revolution's new EP and Human's full-length solo album, "All Day Long, All Day Strong," his eighth studio recording.
During the early part of his music career, Human went by the moniker Matthew Earthfire, as his Ukrainian last name was difficult for some to pronounce.
Then, one night at a show in Mendocino, an "astrologer, hippy banjo player" who frequented his shows told him the name was too limiting.
"I thought, 'Who do I want to reach with my music?' Everybody. Human was the most universal name I could think of," he says.
Human has been his name ever since, although, in Nashville, he often resorts to Matthew Human.
"When you hang out in Ashland, you meet someone named Dirt or Earth or some woman named Flower, but in Nashville, it's very Christian, and people want to know your Christian name, so I go by Matthew Human. The truth is, I was just really tired of having to explain it. They don't get a lot of Humans out here."
Tickets to the show at Applegate River Lodge are $10. Call 541-761-9394 or see www.liveatthegate.com.