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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                     January  2020

 

TERRI HENDRIX COMPLETES EPIC PROJECT 5 CYCLE
WITH MUSICAL ENTRIES TALK TO A HUMAN AND 
WHO IS ANN?
AND AUTOBIOGRAPHY THE GIRL WITH THE EXPLODING BRAIN

Singer-songwriterAnn EP and Lloyd Maines-coproduced Human, both released in Sept. 2019, continue her exploration of love, hope, and resilience that began with 2016's Love You Strong and The Slaughterhouse Sessions


SAN MARCOS, Texas — Terri Hendrix knew her Project 5 plan was a little crazy the minute she dreamed it up. Creating and releasing four stylistically diverse but thematically linked albums and an autobiography would be challenging enough, but doing it in one year? That would take a superhuman. As life — and death — intervened, Hendrix gave herself more time. But not even a series of health struggles — or the devastating loss of her sister in 2018 — could steal her resolve to see this project through. In September 2019, she released the third and fourth audio components of Project 5, Talk to a Human and Who is Ann?, and will soon be sending her book, The Girl with the Exploding Brain, to the printer for publication in early 2020.  

On Talk to a Human (Project 5.3), Hendrix draws on Americana, folk and other roots genres to address how difficult communication has become in an age dominated by devices designed to do exactly that. The Who Is Ann EP (Project 5.4), an electronica-based sonic exploration, uses vocal percussion and loops, captured sounds, spoken-word elements and other devices to address profound loss, depression and the steely reserve to move forward and grab the light.” 

The Girl with the Exploding Brain (Project 5.5), in the works since 2003, offers an unflinchingly honest look at Hendrixs efforts to control and cope with a seizure disorder while building and maintaining her career as a touring musician.

They join the Americana- and folk-oriented Love You Strong (Project 5.1), released in early 2016, and the blues-driven The Slaughterhouse Sessions (Project 5.2), which arrived that fall. Both coproduced by Hendrixs musical partner Lloyd Maines, Love You Strong contemplates love and loyalty, adaptability and working through adversity; The Slaughterhouse Sessions tackles war, poverty and racism. 

Project 5 evolved over an eight-year span in which Hendrix discovered most of her writing seemed to touch on themes of love, hope and resilience, and that connective threads wove through much of her work. It was actually one single entity, she realized. 

Seeing that big picture’ — and deciding to give it a bigger canvas, spanning four albums and a book — allowed me the room to explore different aspects of my writing and music in more depth than I ever have before on a single record,” she says.

As always, Hendrix delivers her observations in songs elevated by her impeccable musical instincts, virtuoso acoustic guitar and harmonica playing and lyrical acumen — including trademark dollops of wry humor in just the right spots. 

She energizes the title track of Talk to a Human with talk-sung vocals and acoustic guitar picking; Latin rhythms pulsate through Mi Madre,” which addresses a dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship, alcoholism, body image issues and, despite its humor, some darker aspects of her own history. In WASP,” an inspirational song inspired by a museum exhibit, Hendrix pays homage to pioneering women pilots of World War II.

The album also includes great covers of Guy ClarkThe Dark,” Cindy WalkerDont Meddle in my Mood,” the Billy Bragg/Woody Guthrie tune Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key,” and a song combining her verses with a Sonny Terry/Brownie McGhee chorus, titled Dogging Me.” Recorded mostly at the Zone in Dripping Springs, Talk to a Human also features coproducer Maines on guitars, dobro, pedal steel, mandolin, banjo, papoose, bass and ukulele, and top talents Glenn Fukunaga (bass), Pat Manske (drums, percussion, keypads), John Silva (drums, percussion), Riley Osbourn (keyboards), Drew Womack (harmonies) and Jeanne Ply (fiddle). 

By contrast, Hendrix recorded most of Who Is Ann? solo in her home studio, weaving loops,  samples, and even talking head/politician sound bites snatched off the airwaves into an intriguing mix of atmospheric soundscapes and pulse-quickening electronica. The results range from the wistful meditation of  "Drive" to the staccato scratching-meets-mandolin-meets-poetry-slam spoken-word groove of "Happy," the upbeat tempo and positive message of Move," the propulsive, spirit-stirring awe of "Woman,"  and the mournful prayer of “Grieve,” a piano and guitar ballad that expresses agony with orchestral elegance — and somehow contains notes of hope despite its sadness. 

Last but not least, Hendrix wrote The Girl With the Exploding Brain (Project 5.5) not only to reveal her truths and educate others about epilepsy, but to provide hope to anyone who might be trying to cope with the condition or a similar issue. It's a fitting capstone for a project Hendrix described at the beginning of her journey as being "about courage  —  and the beauty of not only finding it in oneself, but sharing it with others."

She had no idea just how deeply her own courage — not to mention her resilience — would be tested, however. A bout of double pneumonia following Love You Strongs release was just one challenge. In 2017, she closed on the property she calls Wilory Farm, the 12 acres of rocky pasture in Martindale, Texas, that she now calls not only her own home (shared with a menagerie of dogs, goats, and other creatures), but the permanent home for her nonprofit community arts organization, the OYOU. Founded in 2013 and named after Hendrix's "own your own universe" mantra, the OYOU's mission is to make the arts accessible to everyone, regardless of age, income, social, or mobility issues, through a variety of workshops, concerts, and retreats. That's a full-time job in itself, even with help from a passionate team of volunteers, and between that and continuing to manage her own Wilory Records label and touring career, Hendrix's plate was stacked even before she committed to taking on Project 5. On top of it all, dealing with epilepsy, depression and the maddening complexities of Americas health care system were all just part of her day-to-day life. 

Then her sister, Tammi, died, on March 8, 2018. Of course, that changed the music. It irreparably changed her. 

Hendrix says she went into her goat shed every night to cry. I woke up one time with the goats curled around my head. Niem, my donkey, was standing over me,” she recalls. It was pretty powerful. Another time I went out in a field out here and cried and had my head down and the cattle circled around me. I saw them do that with a dead calf once. I really havent been able to eat much red meat since.” 

 

If that adds a layer of irony to the fact that the projects second release, The Slaughterhouse Sessions, was partly recorded in a former slaughterhouse, so be it. Hendrix apologizes for none of it. With indomitable Texas spirit, the San Antonio native keeps moving. She had to do it one limb at a time, just to get out of bed, after losing her sister. But life is always a day-to-day endeavor, and shes managed to achieve many dreams in the days shes had so far. Wilory Farm was one. Project 5 is another. And in 2020, she will break ground on the OYOU's arts center. Tammi may not be here to witness it all in person, but Hendrix knows that in her universe, her sisters spirit will always remain as central as the sun.

About Terri Hendrix
Recognized by Acoustic Guitar magazine as one of Texas’ 20 essential contemporary singer-songwriters, Terri Hendrix has earned fans worldwide for her singular fusion of folk, pop, country, blues and jazz, delivered with poetic grace, melodic flair, and plenty of wit and wisdom. Along the way, shes also 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 Marys University in San Antonio, the Distinguished Alumni Award at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, and an induction into the Womens Hall of Fame in San Marcos, Texas. Her master recordings and archives are housed at the esteemed  Wittliff Collections at Texas State University. Embodying Texas’ independent spirit, this classically trained vocalist and virtuoso guitar, mandolin and harmonica player has done it entirely on her own, releasing every album since her 1996 debut on her Wilory Records label — often using a fan-financing model she developed years before crowdfunding arrived.

Links

terrihendrix.com

facebook.com/terrihendrix

twitter.com/terrihendrix

instagram.com/terrihendrixmusic

ownyourownuniverse.org

 


“The first day Terri Hendrix walked through our doors at the emergency shelter, the look on our children’s faces were priceless. They had seen the poster of Terri hanging in my office and they couldn’t believe she was really here. Terri sat right down and began to play music to the children. From then on, the children joined right in and began to make music, sing, and write songs creating priceless memories. When we have children with disabilities,  Terri always finds a way to make them feel included and become one with the music. This experience has opened a whole new world for our children.”

- Nena Meadows, Greater Youth Council

San Marcos, Texas 

 

"I first met Terri Hendrix about 20 years ago and have since been an enthusiastic follower of her career. Musical talent accounts for but a fraction of her success as an artist and as a businesswoman. She recently proved herself to be a most inspiring teacher and mentor as well in a day-long songwriting workshop for a small group of music majors at the U where she is welcome back anytime."

- Mark Erickson, Director of Recording Arts

Texas State University - School of Music

 

"As the talent buyer for the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, I have had the privilege of working with Terri Hendrix for over 15 years. I have found her to be responsive, affable, ethical, efficient, professional and extremely talented as a performer. She is an expert in music business matters and I feel that I am a fortunate person to have her in my life as a music business associate and friend. She is a remarkable human being."

- Nancy Coplin, Music Coordinator Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

 

Best Festival Moment – Part of what makes a great festival set is not just playing the music, but playing to the crowd.  Kevin Russell, leader of The Gourds, knows that well, and he and his band were just short of pulling a coup d’ etat on the Bluebonnet stage Saturday night.  They were going to play until they were done playing, time slot be damned.  But this year’s winner was Terri Hendrix.  She was a last minute addition to the Sunday afternoon show in the campground, but by the end of the set she owned Camp.  She played old songs and new songs and even made up an Old Settler’s rap on the spot.  Leaping around the stage, playing harmonica and guitar with long-time conspirator Lloyd Maines, she would have been crowd surfing if there had been a mosh pit.  There was no place else in the world she’d rather be for any reason, and the audience was all aboard that train.  A fabulous ending to a great weekend.

- Shawn Underwood, Twangville 

 

Awards Include:

SMARTS Award (Arts Advocacy Award/San Marcos Arts Commission), San Marcos, TX 

Women's Hall of Fame, San Marcos, TX

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient, Hardin- Simmons University, Abilene, TX

Art of Peace Award, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX

USC Lyrics Grand Prize Winner: “If I Had a Daughter”

Walk of Fame Texas Gulf Coast 

Country Instrumental Performance: Grammy - Dixie Chicks, “Lil’ Jack Slade” (co-write)

Austin Music Awards (Best Folk Act, Best Singer-Songwriter, Best New Band)

Austin American Statesman Austin Music Critic’s Poll 

Best New Artist

San Antonio Current Music Awards/Best of San Antonio (Best Folk/Acoustic and Best Country Band, Songwriter of the Year, Female Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year)

 

Festivals include:

Go Wheels Up (TX)

Fischer Fest (TX)

Big Bend Music Festival (TX)

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival (CA) 

Austin City Limits Music Festival (TX) 

Big Tex Music Fest (2002 State Fair of Texas at the Cotton Bowl; bill headlined by the 
Dixie Chicks) (TX) 
Black Swamp Arts Festival (OH) 
Blue Highways Festival (Netherlands) 
Bridgeton Folk Festival (NJ) 
Celebrate Fairfax Festival (VA) 
2004 Folk Alliance Official Showcase in Conference Center (CA) 
Four Corners Folk Festival (CO) 
Houston International Festival (TX) 
Jubilee Folk Festival (CO) 
Kerrville Folk Festival (TX) 
Little Rock River Festival (AR) 
Mountain Stage Newsong Festival (WV) 
Newport Folk Festival (RI) 
Old Settler's Music Festival (TX) 
Philadelphia Folk Festival (PA) 
Reston Festival (VA) 
Shiner Bocktoberfest (TX) 
SXSW Austin Music Awards (TX) 
Wildflower Arts Festival (TX) 
Little Rock River Festival (AR)
XPN Festival (PA)
Moab Folk Festival (UT)
Independent Music Festival (CO)
Fiesta Arts Festival (TX)
Oyster Ridge Festival (WY)
Tucson Folk Festival (AZ)
Lansing Arts Festival (MI)
Ann Arbor Folk Festival (MI)
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (NY)
Michael Hearne’s Barndance Weekend (NM)
Chicago Food and Arts Festival (IL)
Lubbock Arts Festival (TX)
Great Waters Folk Festival (NH) 
Live Oak Music Festival (CA) 
San Antonio Botanical Garden (TX)
Spring Gulch Music Festival (PA)
Smithsonian Folklife Festival (Washington Mall/Representing Texas Music)

 

Art Centers/Venues include:

Arts centers, concert series, and venues include:

Paramount Theater (TX) 

Tobin Center (TX)
ACL Live - Moody Center (TX)
Grand Prairie Theater (TX)
Levitt Pavilion (TX) 
Red Dragon Listening Room (LA) 
Phoenix Saloon (TX) 
Aerial Theater (TX) 
The Ark (MI) 
The Birchmere (VA) 
The Bottom Line (NY) 
Cactus Café (TX) 
Mosquito Serenade Concert Series (CA)
Jonesboro Concerts Downtown (TN)
Carbondale Concerts (CO) 
Center for the Arts Amphitheater (CO) 
Concerts at the Crossing (NJ) 
County Line (TX) 
Creighton Theatre (TX) 
CSPS (IA) 
801 Concert Series (AR) 
Fitzgerald's (IL) 
Gruene Hall (TX) 
The Iron Horse (MA) 
Kennedy Center Millennium Stage (DC)
Keswick Theater (PA) 
Kuumbwa Jazz Center (CA) 
Makor (NY) 
McCabe’s (CA) 
McCarter Theater (NJ) 
McGonigel's Mucky Duck (TX) 
Millsaps College (MI) 
Mountain Stage (WV) 
Outpost in the Burbs (NJ) 
The Palms (CA) 
Paramount Theater (TX) 
The Point (PA) 
Shady Grove (TX) 
Texas Summer Nights (TX) 
Thrasher Opera House (WI) 
Tin Angel (PA) 
Waxahatchie Theater (TX)
Ramshead (MD)
McNair Studio (TX)
Crescent Elk Auditorium (CA)
The Egg (NY)
Whitaker Center (PA)
Wolf Penn Creek (TX)
Old Town School of Folk Music (IL)
Common Fence Music (RI)
Swallow Hill (CO)
Lansing Folk Music Society (MI)
UU Center (SC)
World Cafe Live (PA)
Woody Hawley Concert Series (WV)
Mountain Stage (WV)
World Cafe Radio (PA)
Anderson Fair (TX)
Uncle Calvins Coffeehouse (TX) 
Freight and Salvage (CA)
Smithsonian Folklife Festival (D.C.)
Santa Fe Bandstand (NM)
Southwest Roots Music (NM)

 

Conferences Include:

Episcopal Diocese Texas
Association Law Offices America 
National Aviation Conference 
Electric and Utility Conference 
Summer Music Camp of America Conference 
Association of Small Foundations Conference
Bluebonnet Retreat Cancer Survivors 
CASA (Texas Chapter)
Folk Alliance Conference(s) (Panels)

 

Workshops taught include:

Life's a Song Workshop and Retreat (TX)
Berklee School of Music (MA)
Swallow Hill (CO)
Mountain Stage Newsong Festival (PA) 
Old Number Nine (TX) 
Kerrville Folk Festival (TX)
South Plains College (TX)

Red Dragon (LA)

Lewisville Grand Theater (TX)

Michael Hearne's Barndance Weekend (NM)

Winnsboro Center Performing Arts (TX)

 

Life's a Song Workshop and Retreat:

Life's a Song is the longest running songwriters Retreat in Texas. Launched in 2000, it continues to sell out every year. This event is planned and hosted by Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines. It’s held annually in Port Aransas, Texas, where up to 18 students come from all over the world for a weekend get away and musical experience. Variations of this workshop have been taught at universities and festivals. Terri’s book, “Cry Till You Laugh - The Part that Ain’t Art,” has an entire section on music business and releasing music independently. 


Workshop includes:

Songwriting, Composition, and Performance Techniques
Production and the Costs of Releasing a Record Independently
E-Commerce and the Digital Revolution

Radio and Streaming 
Maintaining Creativity
Staying Healthy on the Road
The Part That Ain't Art - Music Business

Women's Empowerment Music Camp & Series (ages 21 +)

Kid's Writing Camp (ages 8 +)


Lloyd Maines Bio

Few people are as important to the development of Texas music over the last 30 years as Lloyd Maines. As a Grammy award-winning producer and musician, the Lubbock-born Maines has played an instrumental role in the creation of some of the Lone Star State's most famous and beloved albums. Maines began his recording and producing career in 1974. Over the past 40 years, Maines has worked on approximately four-thousand albums alongside some of the most significant figures in country, rock, and Texas music. In addition to his producing credits, Maines is an A-list steel guitar player and multi-instrumentalist. His work has been heard on countless recordings. Maines has been inducted into the Buddy Holly Walk of Fame in Lubbock, Texas, individually and as a member of the Maines Brother's Band. He was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame June 2014. He has made more appearances on the PBS show than anyone else in the history of the program. 


Information about the OYOU