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Terri Hendrix Band w/ Lloyd Maines

  • Cactus Cafe
  • 2247 Guadalupe St.
  • Austin, TX
  • October 14, 2016
  • Time: 8:00 PM

Doors: 8pm Show: 8:30pm General Admission: $20.00 in advance and $22.00 at the door

Slaughterhouse Sessions Project 5.2 Album Release!
Immediately after kicking off her 20th year as a recording artist with the February release of her 14th album, Love You Strong, Terri Hendrix got right back to work. Not just back on the road, but back into the studio (and her writing/music room) to begin the second leg of the 12-month “sonic marathon� she calls “Project 5.�

“Project 5� is a comprehensive collection of lyrics and music that address the topics of love, loyalty, friendship, faith, and resilience. It’s five distinct but thematically linked projects — four new albums and a book — Hendrix will be releasing throughout 2016 on her own Wilory Records label. She’s well on her way with fan pre-orders of the second album, The Slaughterhouse Sessions, set to ship in July.

The new album (scheduled for “official� release date early fall) gets its name from an actual slaughterhouse — renovated into an artist-friendly guesthouse — in El Prado, New Mexico, where Hendrix and producer Lloyd Maines started the sessions. “I brought my iPad and some recording gear,� says Hendrix, “and we then built the tracks from there.� Additional recording was done at Maines’ home studio in Austin and at The Zone in Dripping Springs, with many of the same A-list players featured on Love You Strong, including bassist Glenn Fukunaga, drummer John Silva, keyboardist Riley Osborne, and drummer/engineer Pat Manske. Like every piece of the “Project 5� puzzle, the first two albums also share some “big picture� lyrical themes, but in terms of vibe and groove, The Slaughterhouse Sessions is very much in a zone of its own.

Described by Hendrix as an acoustic blues and gospel album, Slaughterhouse’s track list is an engaging mix of covers and originals — many showcasing her harp playing (influenced by the likes of Sonny Terry, Ray Bonneville, and Elder Roma Wilson). Indeed, Wilson’s timeless “Ain’t It a Shame,� a staple of Hendrix’s live show for years now, fits right with the album’s groove and theme, with songs tackling such uncomfortable subject matter as war, poverty, and racism. Other songs include new Hendrix originals, “How’d You End Up Here� (co-written with Slaid Cleaves), plus covers of Dave Carter’s “Crocodile Man,� the Carter Family’s “Sun of My Soul� and the traditional hymn “I Will Arise.�

After The Slaughterhouse Sessions, Hendrix’s Project 5 journey continues with two more albums: an EP of electronica music titled “Who Is Ann?� and the eclectic songwriter set, “Talk to a Human.� She’s also writing an autobiography about her experiences living with a seizure disorder while crisscrossing the globe as an award-winning performer whose fanbase now spans three generations. Committing to four albums and a book in one year may seem unconventional, but as anyone who’s followed this woman’s career over the last two decades knows, convention has never been her bag. And she’s got even bigger plans for 2017: Breaking ground on an arts center for the OYOU (“Own Your Own Universe�), the 501c non-profit she founded to serve her beloved San Marcos and the greater Hays County, Texas, community.

Terri Hendrix Band w/ Lloyd Maines