PensEyeView Feature for August 29th and 30th: Terri Hendrix

August 29, 2007 at 10:39 am (Uncategorized)

thxfeat.jpgIt isn’t easy to describe Terri Hendrix. The folk singer-songwriter has scaled to where she is today in a fashion that is anything but orthodox. It was a complex series of life events that shaped Ms. Hendrix into the artist she is today – from dodging guerilla warfare in Central and South America, to falling upon an open-mic night that changed her life, to the friendships she was blessed to have with mentor fingerpicker Marion Williamson and business partner Lloyd Maines.

It is with Maines that Hendrix has produced subsequent albums Places in Between (2000), The Ring (2002) and The Art of Removing Wallpaper (2004). Her ninth album, The Spiritual Kind, is almost as hard to describe as Terri herself. Sure, she calls it a folk record, but is quick to point out that she doesn’t worry about being “too loud for folk, too pop for country, too country for jazz, or too this or too that for any other genre.”

Her persistent success has relied on the distinctive quality to always write what she felt like writing and sing how she felt like singing. It is traits such as these that can be found at Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, TX, where she found herself at a fateful open-mic night… where blue-collar songwriters put their hearts and spirits into their words and melodies.

The Spiritual Kind is dedicated to those that have helped her remain so honest in her music. To hear it performed live is to allow Hendrix to take you on a journey – one that may make you laugh, or make you cry, but will nonetheless be worth the price of admission. If you can’t make it to the show, look out for her imminent book about music, business, and maintaining good health on the road. Check out www.penseyeview.com for more on Terri Hendrix.

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