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Terri Hendrix is a pioneering independent Texas songwriter who spins sorrow into joy and wrings wisdom from the blues with a poetic grace and engaging melodic flair that has endeared her to three generations of fans around the globe. Recognized by “Acoustic Guitar” Magazine as one of Texas’ 20 essential contemporary singer-songwriters, Hendrix has released 18 albums since her 1996 debut, “Two Dollar Shoes," all on her own Wilory Records label. As the owner of the masters to every album she's ever made, "Terri is truly a self-made woman" (as music legend Al Kooper observed). That autonomy has allowed her the freedom to dodge musical pigeonholes her entire career by weaving folk, pop, country, blues and jazz into an eclectic style all her own, which makes for an energetic and spiritually uplifting live show in any setting, from listening rooms and house concerts to theaters to outdoor festivals. Along the way, she’s 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 Mary’s University in San Antonio, the Distinguished Alumni Award at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, and a 2015 induction into the Women’s Hall of Fame in San Marcos, Texas. But her proudest achievement to date is the OYOU ("Own Your Own Universe"), the 501 C3 non-profit she founded in 2013. Based in Martindale and San Marcos, Texas, 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. 


As busy as the OYOU keeps her, though, Terri is as productive on the writing and recording end of her career as ever — as evidenced by the recent completion of her most ambitious release yet: "Project 5," a suite of four albums and a memoir exploring the shared themes of love, faith, and resilience. The first two albums, "Love You Strong" and "The Slaughterhouse Sessions," were both released in 2016, followed by "Talk to a Human" and "Who Is Ann?" (a self-produced EP exploring her love of electronica) in 2019. Texas legend Terry Allen called Terri's collection "a war cry, her gift with a vengeance to all of us," while fellow songwriter Eliza Gilkyson noted the "undeniable authenticity" and "tangible, joyful, healing power" of the music. Terri brings all of those qualities to the page and wraps up Project 5 with her book, "The Girl with the Exploding Brain," a deeply personal account of her lifelong battle with epilepsy and the path she’s braved not just to wellness, but to making her "Own Your Own Universe" dream a reality.

“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) 
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 +)

Terri Hendrix Full Length Bio

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Bio:  San Marcos, Texas.  Terri Hendrix laughs easily when people comment on her boundless, resilient energy.  But she’s quick to acknowledge: “I am drawn to people who seem fearless and brilliantly composed in the face of adversity.” Having garnered accolades from Mojo, Lone Star Music Magazine, Billboard, Harp, USA Today, the Washington Post, the Boston Herald, Texas Monthly, Austin Chronicle, No Depression, and more;  and co-written a GRAMMY-award winning song (on the Dixie Chicks’ Homealbum), Hendrix has a star on the South Texas Music Walk of Fame, and has won regional awards in Austin (Best Folk Act, Best Singer-Songwriter, Best New Band), San Marcos (Women’s Hall of Fame Award) and St Mary’s University (Peace Award).  On the schedule at countless festivals (including Kerrville, Austin City Limits, Newport, and Philadelphia), Hendrix has played at venues from Austin’s Paramount Theater, to the Birchmere in Virginia, to Mountain Stage and many more.  Hendrix, the long-time touring partner/collaborator with Lloyd Maines, is the paradigm of an artist with multiple irons in the fire. 


“The story I want to write with my life is that I did everything I set out to do, and I live my life without really thinking about the way I’m supposed to be doing it.  I take a big picture approach, where the key thing is the message, and the way all the pieces answer to the message – those are my projects.”  Hendrix has loved and suffered loss; emerged victorious in a deep battle to control epilepsy; established a prolific, touring music career; released nearly twenty albums, a book, run multiple workshops, and founded an award-winning music community center; all while considering a wide range of music styles, human relationship and political topics of social significance for her songwriting fodder. 


Her latest project, which spans five parts released over a four year period, includes an offering on love, Love You Strong(Project 5.1) in 2016; one of acoustic blues and gospel music The Slaughterhouse Sessions (Project 5.2) in 2016;  an album emphasizing our very human need to communicate face to face, “Talk to a Human” (Project 5.3) in 2019; an experimental, electronica EP “Who is Ann?” (Project 5.4) in 2019; and an autobiography The Girl with the Exploding Brain, (Project 5.5) in 2019.  All of this is in addition to running her flourishing community arts center, OYOU, in San Marcos, Texas.  


“My work doesn’t have a genre,” she says, “It has a mission, and the mission is resilience, rebounding, and courage.”  Project 5 is all about that resilience.  Hendrix’s musical style is unfettered by the limits of categorization, but that’s not to say that it defies categorization.  Her genuine, emotionally raw, core style shines through clearly in each of the projects.  For Terri Hendrix, her mission is really the genre.   She will listen to electronica and then turn around to listen to Guy Clark; and then she will literally write electronica music and then turn around to play Guy Clark’s songs.  “I really love music; I am an avid music fan and embody that as an artist. I am very fortunate that my widespread appreciation helps me and it works its way into my music.” 


 Talk to a Human, (Project 5.3),  was produced by Lloyd Maines and Terri Hendrix 

Recorded at The Zone in Dripping Springs, Texas and Bubba's Place; it was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Pat Manske at The Zone in Dripping Springs, Texas. The album is Terri Hendrixon vocals, acoustic guitar, and harmonica, Lloyd Maines on acoustic guitar, dobro, and bass, with John Silva on drums and percussion.  

In Talk to a Human, Hendrix tells human stories. Of the song WASP, she says “it amazed me how these women air force service pilots were so courageous and did the very same missions that a lot of the men wouldn’t do.  I want to tell their story.” “Equal rights, gay rights, and progressive ideas are sometimes difficult to discuss in Texas.  So now when I’m asked about it I can just say, listen to the song.” In “Mi Madre” the bilingual Hendrix tackles some challenges to growing up as a girl, along with some tough mother-daughter issues circling around alcoholism in both Spanish and English. In “Talk to a Human” Hendrix presents a stunning series of recordings in a quick paced, spoken word offering over banjo with breath rhythms.  Confronting contemporary technological challenges, she asks: “Messenger to Mercury, where is my humanity?” 


“Who Is Ann?”(Project 5.4)is a five song EP, with three songs produced by Terri Hendrix (“Happy,” “Woman,” and Grieve"), and two songs produced by Lloyd Maines and Terri Hendrix (“Move Your Body,”and “Drive”).   The album was recorded at The Zone in Dripping Springs, Texas and Bubba's Place, and also recorded at Wilory Farm, in Martindale, Texas.  It was  engineered, mixed, and mastered by Pat Manske at The Zone.  Personnel on the album are Terri Hendrix on vocals, harmony vocals, loops, and samples;  Lloyd Maines on acoustic and electric guitars, pedal steel, percussion, mandolin, papoose, bass guitar and ukulele; with Pat Manske on keypads and Drew Womack on harmony vocals.  Who Is Ann? is groundbreaking work in the realm of electronica, with Hendrix’s Texas accent delivering powerful spoken word inspiration, in soaring energetic arrangements that again include experimental use of breath as an instrument, multiple rhythmic elements, and a dose of sitar on the pioneering song “Woman.” “There is a frequently untapped element of music, and that is its power to change a life.”  Hendrix is acutely aware that the power of music is enormous in all its manifestations; her sister passed away in March 2018 and it took her a full year to retrieve her balance.  “I didn’t know if I could get through losing her, she was so much a part of my soul. But the one thing that helped me most was Willie Nelson singing the Coldplay song, “the Scientist.”   I couldn’t stop listening to that over and over, along with Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah.”  Nobody could talk me through it, and the difficulty was compounded because the medications that control my epilepsy control the part of the brain that is necessary for grieving.  My brain isn’t allowed to have a high and a low in order to operate.  It was really difficult to be able to climb through that.”  From this experience, the song “Grieve” was born.  In “Drive” there are lovely, plaintive harmonies and pedal steel a là Maines that showcase Hendrix’s ability to blend electronica with country, Americana style.  Ann is Hendrix’ middle name.  


Two initial parts of Project 5 released in 2016: Love You Strong(Project 5.1) and The Slaughterhouse Sessions(Project 5.2).  Oftentimes Terri Hendrix’s music is politically charged.  On the Slaughterhouse Sessionsthere is a song called “Call You to the Carpet” which is about dishonesty in politics over a driving beat.  “The News” is a gently nostalgic appeal for the bad news to go away.  OnLove You Strong Hendrix’s energetic style is on display with “Feel the Time” and its testament to “listen to the heartbeat underneath the concrete” in our hurried lives.  “Love You Strong” is an unsentimental yet delicate acoustic love song, highlighting Hendrix’s extended vocal range, as she pleads for one to accept strength from others during a dark time: “you don’t have to say good-bye, stay the night, and let me love your strong.” 


Terri Hendrix was diagnosed with epilepsy in 1989. Her collaboration with Lloyd Maines began in 97; he learned about it in 2003 as the duo kept touring until around 2012 when it started to catch up to her and she refocused, touring less and founding OYOU (Own Your Own Universe), the community arts center in San Marcos. “Touring all the time, I had a nagging sense that I was trying to get to a destination.  Now by being more focused and not touring, just now I am starting to get to where I want to go as an artist,” Hendrix says. “Music is a place where the heart and the soul meet, it’s part of what keeps you alive.  A lot of times people want to hear music when they leave this world, and a lot of women have playlists for their babies to be born by.” In light of this perspective, now that her touring schedule has checked its pace, Hendrix runs OYOU with its workshops, kids’ camps, and events on 12 acres of land. It comes complete with a donkey, 3 goats and 2 dogs; and women’s music groups on the first Friday of the month.  As epilepsy altered her path, it led straight to OYOU. “When you don’t know if you’re going to have a tomorrow, it changes your today.  Your today better be damn good,” she says. That perspective fuels her energetic commitment to the center.  OYOU is completely handicapped accessible, evolving into a park; every little trail, all 12 acres is accessible, with a new building in the works. The kids’ camps mingle kids who have disabilities with kids who don’t, celebrating diversity.  


A book, The Girl with the Exploding Brain, part 5.5, is her autobiographical rendering of the past decade.  The book is about the absolutely wild road of medicine and the literal unknown of physical conditions and the management of a disability. Hendrix recounts the struggle: fighting to be able to drive, fighting even to get medicine, in a book that will resonate with so very many who’ve faced similar challenges.  


In addition to the Project 5 albums, Hendrix has released fourteen additional records over more than two decades: 1996’s Two Dollar Shoes; 1998’s Wilory Farm, and Live in Cibolo(1999) then Places In Between(2000) and Live in San Marcos(2001) ; the progressive The Ring(2002) and The Art of Removing Wallpaper(2004) and (2012); Friendswood and Beyond(2004). Then came the children’s album Celebrate the Difference(2005), and thenThe Spiritual Kindand The Spiritual Kind on the Road(2007), Christmas on Wilory Farmand Left Over Alls(2008) and Cry Til You Laugh(2010).  Besides these was her book Cry Til You Laugh Part Ain’t Art.  Every last one of these was released on her own independent label Wilory Records.    


Hendrix’s intrinsic motivation to write songs started in 4thgrade when she stole her sister’s guitar and began writing songs before she even knew how to play.  In her youth she was a long - distancer runner, and the stamina reflected in this ability is clearly evidenced all along her career path.  With all this under her belt, Hendrix is already planning her next move:  an old classic country album.  “It’s very liberating to be done with this intense project, and be able to continue on with new music starting from where I stepped off on the last one.  We have time.”   

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. 

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