March 23, 2019
Poor David's Pub (map)
1313 South Lamar Street
Dallas TX 75215
SAN MARCOS, TEXAS 1/18/18 This February, Terri Hendrix, Lloyd Maines, and the band will be performing a string of dates in honor of her 50th birthday.
Texas native Terri Hendrix has been running her own label since her 1996 debut, “Two Dollar Shoes.” To date, this veritable pioneer of the DIY scene has released 16 albums on her own Wilory Records label, making Hendrix the rare artist who has owned all of her master recordings from day one.
Now well into her third decade as a performing artist, this classically trained vocalist and accomplished multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, and harmonica) is in the middle of writing and recording the next two installments of “Project 5,” which by the time she finishes it will comprise of four thematically-linked albums and a memoir. The first album, an intimate folk record called “Love You Strong,” was released in February 2016; it was followed in October by “The Slaughterhouse Sessions,” a politically charged collection of acoustic gospel blues. The next two albums — an electronica EP called “Who Is Ann?” and a singer-songwriter full-length recording called “Talk to a Human” — are both due out mid 2018. Last but not least will be the book, a deeply personal account of Hendrix’s lifelong battle with epilepsy and the path she’s braved to wellness.
Terri Hendrix, along with the legendary Austin City Limits Hall of Fame member Lloyd Maines, have crisscrossed the globe with her music. They became business partners in 1998 after the first album he produced on her "Wilory Farm," exploded on a grass roots — but national level — in the independent music scene. Now in its 20th year, a handshake continues to serve as their business contract. This year they’ll perform, tour, lead music business workshops, and continue to host one of the longest running workshops in Texas, "Life's a Song," in Port Aransas.
Terri has had a long and storied career. Along the way she’s co-written a Grammy-winning instrumental (the Dixie Chicks’ “Lil’ Jack Slade”), and garnered such honors as a star on the South Texas Music Walk of Fame, the Art of Peace Award by Saint Mary’s University in San Antonio, the Distinguished Alumni Award at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, and an induction into the Women’s Hall of Fame in San Marcos, Texas.
Hendrix’s struggles and ultimate triumph in the face of adversity, led her to create the non-profit "Own Your Own Universe Center for the Creative Arts." With a primary focus in music, education, music therapy, performance, and creative writing, the OYOU provides a variety of workshops, concerts, programs, lessons, retreats, and group discussion to the entire community — regardless of income, social, or mobility issues.
In 2017, Terri purchased the property, she calls "Wilory Farm," in Martindale, Texas, to build a facility to host OYOU programs. Terri's property, record label (Wilory Records), and 1998 release (Wilory Farm), are all named after her guitar teacher and mentor Marion Williamson. Marion gave Terri guitar lessons in exchange for work on Wilory Farm (then located in both Martindale and Hye Texas). Little did Marion know that in doing so a career would take seed that now boasts a fan base spanning three generations.
It's this longtime connection with her fans that has kept Terri's music in rotation in an ever changing industry. Perhaps the best way to describe both this free spirit and her music is with the words of Lubbock, Texas, concert presenter Melissa Grimes; “Terri Hendrix is a woman of wit, wisdom and conviction: a poet with a wide smile and a deep heart. She leaves you feeling lighter, even though you can sense your exposure to something philosophically profound.”
This February, Lloyd Maines (pedal steel, dobro, and guitar), along with longtime band members Glenn Fukunaga (bass), and John Silva (drums), will perform along with Hendrix as she brings in "The Big 50" and breaks ground on what promises to be a future as equally inspiring as her past.