Terri Hendrix, "One of Texas' Most Beloved Songwriters," at Susanna's Kitchen in Wimberley, Texas
Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 7:30 PM

Terri Hendrix is an amazing performer and a great writer. Her storytelling has a certain kind of believability that is natural, and she can turn on a dime and twist it around where it’s as unexpected and as funny as anything you could imagine. All combined, it’s pretty amazing.
—Joe Ely, Texas singer-songwriter

In the 10 years since her debut CD, Terri Hendrix has bloomed from the Texas hill country's best-kept secret into one of the folk world's most endearing and original voices. She's also one of its most proudly independent, as shown by the song lyric she's adopted as the slogan for her label, Wilory Records: "Own Your Own Universe."

Clearly, there's nothing ordinary about this San Antonio born, San Marcos based songbird, who abandoned a college opera scholarship to milk goats for guitar lessons so she could hone her chops on the Texas songwriter circuit. With influences including Mississippi John Hurt, Sonny Boy Williamson, Paul Simon, and Ella Fitzgerald, she describes her unique stylistic mix of folk, roots-pop, country and scat-jazz as being "from another planet." Her writing makes her stand out, too.

Since 1997, Terri has worked and toured with producer and instrumentalist Lloyd Maines (Joe Ely, Dixie Chicks). With Terri on guitar, harmonica and mandolin, and Lloyd on guitar, mandolin, pedal steel and dobro, they have played some of the most celebrated venues and festivals across the country and Europe, including the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Austin City Limits Festival, and many more. When not touring as a duo, bandmates include percussionist Paul Pearcy and bassist Glenn Fukunaga.

Other highlights of her career include co-writing a Grammy-winning instrumental for the Dixie Chicks ("Lil' Jack Slade"), and having her songs featured in commercials (Ozarka, UTSA), Another World, and on such compilations as WXPN's World Cafe Live, Austin's KGSR Broadcast series, Parkinsong Volume One, the Texas Music Project's Don't Mess with Texas Music, Vol. 2 and the Putumayo World Music release, Latin Playground.

With the homespun charm and humor that shine through her spirited live performances, Terri's shows attract both young and old, leaving all who attend inspired. Take it from Griff Luneburg of Austin's renowned Cactus Cafe: "Terri is a truly captivating artist who will break your heart with one song and leave her sold-out crowds smiling with the next. Her songs come straight from the heart. The truest of Texas troubadours, she's simply one of the best - and I've seen 'em all."

Susanna's Kitchen is a monthly coffeehouse open to the public. Tickets are available at the door, $10 for adults, $5 for children, childcare is available.  Pie from Wimberley Pie Company, organic coffee from Hill Country Natural Foods, and hot tamales are always on site!  Doors open at 7:00 pm, with music starting at 7:30.  This is a smoke-free, alcohol-free venue.

» Click here for a map to Susanna's Kitchen (toward bottom of the WUMC page).