Terri Hendrix, described by Joe Ely as an "Amazing performer and great writer," performs at Susanna's Kitchen Coffeehouse July 19, 2012.
Terri Hendrix grew up in San Antonio, Texas, apart from a few years in Panama, where her father — a Command Sergeant Major in the Army — was stationed. It was in Panama, at age 7, that she acquired her first guitar — she stole it from her older sister. Her father taught her some chords so they could sing Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline songs together, but early on Hendrix found she preferred to write her own songs.
Back in San Antonio in time for junior high and high school, Hendrix ran track and sang in the choir (with a focus on opera and show tunes) at MacArthur High. She won a scholarship to study classical music at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, but soon transferred to Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos and switched her major to sports and recreation. She quit school just shy of graduation to concentrate on her songwriting and to study guitar with her mentor, Marion Williamson. In 1996, shortly after releasing her debut album, Two Dollar Shoes, Terri met producer/multi-instrumentalist Lloyd Maines through a demo tape of her music an engineer gave him, and the two have collaborated together ever since.
Terri has run her own record label, Wilory Records (formerly Tycoon Cowgirl Records), since 1996. Marion Williamson (d. 1997) was a composer, philanthropist and the owner of Wilory Farm in Hye, Texas. She took Terri under her wing in the early '90s and traded her guitar lessons for farm duties, including tending to and milking her goats. Among the herd was one exceptionally stubborn and feisty goat named Peggy Lee, after the singer. Years later, both Marion and Peggy remained key inspirations in Terri's career. “Marion gave me a sense of purpose and a guitar, and she was responsible for providing me with necessary direction in my life,” says Terri. “Under her tutelage, I learned just about everything about this business, from playing the guitar to setting up amps to financial accounting. I've kept her memory alive by naming my record label — and my second album — after Wilory Farm, and by choosing Peggy as the label's mascot.”
Terri Hendrix will be performing with Lloyd Maines Thursday, July 19, 2012 at Susanna's Kitchen in Wimberley, Texas.
Awards recognizing the amazing talent of Terri Hendrix include:
Best Country Instrumental Performance: Dixie Chicks, “Lil’ Jack
Slade” (co-write) (2003)
Austin Music Awards/Austin Chronicle Music Poll
Best Folk Act (2001, 2000, 1999)
Best Singer-Songwriter (1999)
Best New Band (1999)
Austin American Statesman Austin Music Critic’s Poll
Best New Artist (2000)
San Antonio Current Music Awards/Best of San Antonio
Best Folk/Acoustic and Best Country Band (2003)
Songwriter of the Year (1997)
Female Entertainer of the Year (1996)
Female Vocalist of the Year (1998, 1996, 1995)
Susanna’s Kitchen is a monthly coffeehouse located at Wimberley United Methodist Church that is smoke and alcohol free. Featuring coffee and teas from Hill Country Natural Foods, pies from Wimberley Pie Company. Tickets are $15 or $20 for adults, $5 for children.