Terri Hendrix on Sat, July 30, 2016

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 loyal fans around the globe. Recently recognized by “Acoustic Guitar” Magazine as one of Texas’ 20 “essential” singer-songwriters, Hendrix has dodged musical pigeonholes her entire career by weaving folk, pop, country, blues and swinging jazz into an eclectic style all her own. That mix, combined with her warm stage presence and serious chops as a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, and harmonica) and classically trained vocalist, makes for a highly energetic and spiritually uplifting live show in any setting, from intimate listening rooms and theaters to outdoor festivals. Beginning with her 1996 debut, “Two Dollar Shoes,” Hendrix has released more than a dozen albums on her own Wilory Records label, along with a book, “Cry Till You Laugh — The Part That Ain’t Art,” containing essays on life, health, and going your own way in the music business. She’s also co-written a Grammy-winning instrumental (the Dixie Chicks’ “Lil’ Jack Slade”), and garnered such other 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. Now well into her third decade as a performing artist, Hendrix is spending all of 2016 running a “sonic marathon” she calls “Project 5”: four thematically-linked new albums and a book, all due by year’s end. The first album, an intimate folk record called “Love You Strong,” was released in February. Still to come in the summer and fall will be “The Slaughterhouse Sessions” (acoustic blues), “Who Is Ann?” (electronica), and “Talk to a Human” (an eclectic singer-songwriter collection tying everything together). Last but not least will be Hendrix’s second book, a deeply personal account of her lifelong battle with epilepsy and the path she’s braved to wellness. In addition to all of this (and teaching workshops, like her annual “Life’s a Song” retreat in the fall), Hendrix is also hard at work launching a nonprofit creative center for the arts serving the greater San Marcos area and beyond. It’s called the OYOU, an acronym for “Own Your Own Universe” — words that this free-spirited, self-made woman has lived and thrived by her entire adult life.