About the Artist
When Terri Hendrix released her last album, 2002s 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 2000s 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 Londons 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 Rings 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.
Texas singer-songwriter. May appeal to fans of Toni Price, Tish Hinojosa.