Terri Hendrix is an award-winning Texas songwriter who spins sorrow into joy and wrings wisdom from the blues with a poetic grace and uplifting melodic flair that has endeared her to three generations of loyal fans across the country and around the globe. Recently recognized by Acoustic Guitar Magazine as one of the “20 essential Texas singer-guitarists helping to write America’s story,” she’s a tour de force performer who’s dodged musical pigeonholes her entire career by weaving folk, pop, country, blues and swinging jazz into an eclectic style all her own. That playful mix of styles, buoyed by her energetic stage presence, makes for a highly energetic and spiritually uplifting live show in any setting, from intimate listening rooms and theaters to festival stages. The classically trained vocalist and deft multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin and harmonica) has released 14 albums on her own Wilory Records label, along with a book, “Cry Till You Laugh — The Part That Ain’t Art,” containing song lyrics and essays on life, health, and going your own way in the music business. She also co-wrote the Grammy winning song “Lil’ Jack Slade” by the Dixie Chicks, and has garnered numerous awards including a star on the Gulf Coast 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. Now well into her third decade as a performing artist, Hendrix is busier than ever, gearing up for the unveiling of the most ambitious creative endeavor of her career, “Project 5”: four brand new albums and a book, all scheduled for release throughout 2016. First out of the gate will be “true-blue songwriter album,” due Feb. 5, to be followed by three more records — another songwriter set, an acoustic blues album, and an electronica EP — in the spring, summer, and fall. Last but not least will be her second book, a deeply personal account of her lifelong battle with epilepsy. Hendrix is also hard at work launching a nonprofit community arts center in central Texas called the OYOU (“Own Your Own Universe”) which will one day be a multi-purpose facility in the greater San Marcos, Texas, area.
Long before Dixie Chicks were even full-grown, Lloyd Maines (father of Dixie Chick Natalie Maines) had established himself as a country music giant, both as a legendary steel guitarist and a producer. Maines studied forestry while attending college at Texas Tech and hoped to join the parks department. Nevertheless, after landing a job at a local studio, his future was set.
Maines' pedal steel work seems to crop up everywhere, from work by earlier non-mainstream country artists such as Joe Ely and Terry Allen to '90s efforts by alt-country upstarts as Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, Richard Buckner, and Wagon. Perhaps more importantly, he has carved out a career as a sought-after producer. He started his producing career in 1978 in a big way: with Terry Allen's Lubbock (On Everything), an album that has gathered immense critical momentum as time has passed, and which stands as a seminal work by the Lubbock songwriter crowd. Over the years, he has helmed albums by sometime Flatlanders Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore. He has also produced for such artists as Andy Wilkinson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Will T. Massey, George Ensle, Jimmy Collins, Lost Gonzo Band, Charlie Robison, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Richard Buckner, Wayne Hancock, and Robert Earl Keen.
In the meantime, he has also laid down steel for folks such as Guy Clark, David Byrne, Dixie Chicks, and Radney Foster. He also remained involved with the Maines Brothers Band, a band with his siblings Kenny, Donnie, and Steve. The group released eight albums between 1978 and 1991.
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