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The Art of Removing Wallpaper

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Texas singer-songwriter. May appeal to fans of Toni Price, Tish Hinojosa.

About the Artist

When Terri Hendrix released her last album, 2002’s The Ring, it marked the end of the first part of a long and rewarding creative journey that propelled the San Antonio-born, San Marcos, TX-based songwriter to some of the most celebrated performance venues in America, including the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Live at Mountain Stage and the Kerrville, Philadelphia, and Newport Folk Festivals. Supported by a dedicated grassroots fan base, Hendrix –who studied opera on scholarship at Hardin-Simmons University before dropping out to milk goats for guitar lessons and hone her chops on the central Texas open-mic circuit – has bypassed label offers in favor of releasing such albums as her 1998 breakthrough Wilory Farm and 2000’s Places In Between on her own Wilory Records. Her one-of-a-kind mix of folk, pop, country, and jazz-inflected roots rock has long been lauded by publications ranging from Mojo to Texas Monthly to Billboard and London’s The Guardian, but The Ring was the album that raised the bar.In doing so, The Ring quickly outsold all of her previous releases without costly trappings associated with most major distributors. In addition, Performing Songwriter declared it "thoroughly captivating" and one of the 12 best independent releases of the year. In the two years following The Ring’s release, between her relentless tour schedule and co-writing a Grammy-winning instrumental for the Dixie Chicks ("Lil’ Jack Slade"), Hendrix took some time off for a long, hard look at her life, career, and music. "It was time for a reality check –personally, with my business, and with my music," she says. "I had achieved my goals and I was restless for new beginnings." She was inspired in no small part by the Zen-like task of stripping away the layer upon layer of bad wallpaper that smothered her newly purchased, fixer-upper home in ducks and polka-dots. The raw beauty (and patches of just plain raw) she found hidden beneath mirrored the personal themes she was simultaneously exploring in her writing. "I realized that ‘wallpaper’ is everywhere," she explains, "from the news on the TV and radio to the way we all hide our true feelings from ourselves and the rest of the world on a daily basis. The more wallpaper I peeled away in my home, the more obsessed I became with stripping it away from my life, too, and writing about the truth underneath it all." And so began her brand new journey, the first chapter intriguingly titled –what else?—The Art of Removing Wallpaper.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 8, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: June 8, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wilory Records
  • ASIN: B00028CJK4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,499 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
While I've never been a fan of knocking one artist or album to praise another, this album really is a cut above pretty much any other "Americana" or folk album you'll likely hear or read about this year. I pre-ordered it at one of Terri's Texas shows back in February, and it's just about all I've listened to in the week or so since I got it. Terri's been getting better and better with each album, but this one takes the cake. It's worth it for "Breakdown" alone, but "Monopoly" is a flat-out anthem against media consolidation that deserves heavy rotation on every independent-and-proud radio station in America. This is beautiful, bold, smart, fun and even sexy music - the kind most program directors these days seem to run screaming from.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By gsupp on August 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
With each successive album, it becomes clearer and clearer that Terri Hendrix is someone who does her homework and studies every night, as the playing and the writing only gets better and better with each release. As is typical Terri, there are too many musical styles to categorize to one genre, and none of the styles are shrifted -- she does each one justice, from folk to bluegrass to country to americana to that reggae beat that pops up on one track. Also a treat is the more featured prominence of Lloyd Maines on the tracks, he adds a great harmony vocal, and lays down some serious steel, more so than on Terri's previous works. Lyrically, it is Terri's strongest to date, and don't be surprised if you're sitting down to ponder the state of world affairs as well as your own personal one's after listening. It's hard to pick a favorite track but highlights are Judgement Day, Enjoy the Ride (love that harmonica playing), and Monopoly (a strong statement against the corporate control of radio and media).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeannie Ray on June 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I've got every Terri Hendix CD, and with each one I think - Wow! This is the best ever! Playful, introspective, thoughtful, funny - with music and lyrics complimenting each other to a 'T'. This is one of my favoite CD's of all time - Can't wait for the next one!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kevin L. Nenstiel TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 18, 2005
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Like many folk and indie artists in the last few years, Terri Hendrix has been moved by the muse to craft a social/political album. And like many social/political albums in the last few years, this one has some very good songs, and clunks in between.

If you've heard tracks like "Breakdown" and "Monopoly," you know that Terri Hendrix has some sharp, incisive views. She has the ability to cut through the chatter and get right to the heart of what's wrong in our world today. But if you listen to the album cuts that haven't been released to radio and podcasts, tracks like "It's About Time" and "Judgement Day," the lyrical content becomes leaden and declarative. She feels the need to spell everything out, like she can't quite trust her audience to follow what she's saying and come to their own conclusions. It's as though she lapses into a professorial mentality, lecturing to students who are hunched over their composition books taking notes.

Sonically, this album is sterling. Hendrix doesn't abandon the guitar-driven Texas country sound that has characterized most of her music to date. But she does incorporate a little more of a peppy pop aspect that steers her ringing voice into more Mariah and less Loretta Lynn. Reading over what I've just written, I realize that could sound like an insult, but I don't mean it that way. Rather, Terri uses the mainstream like a buffet, picking and choosing what serves the very individual hybrid sound she's trying to create.

Late in the album, she slackens on the political drive, and a sturdier, more organic lyric crive comes through. I admit to not liking Luka Bloom's version "I Need Love" from a few years ago, but Terri Hendrix makes it her own, and it works well.
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