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Terri Hendrix continues Project 5 with The Slaughterhouse Sessions 5.2

Acoustic blues/gospel album is Texas songwriter’s second release of 2016

SAN MARCOS, Texas — 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... more

Terri Hendrix continues Project 5 with The Slaughterhouse Sessions 5.2

Acoustic blues/gospel album is Texas songwriter’s second release of 2016

SAN MARCOS, Texas — 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 to begin the second leg of the “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 until June 2017. Like every album she’s made in her 20-year career, these entries are on her own Wilory Records label.

The Slaughterhouse Sessions Project 5.2, (scheduled for October 7th, 2016) 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 and we then built the tracks from there. Additional recording was done at Maines’ home studio in Austin. It’s a darker record musically and lyrically — but not hopeless,” says Hendrix. The recording was then wrapped up 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, Bukka Allen on accordion, and drummer/engineer Pat Manske.

Love You Strong Project 5.1 was inspired by her aging parents and her father’s role as a full-time caregiver to her mother. The album honed in on themes of enduring love and resilience. On The Slaughterhouse Sessions Project 5.2, Hendrix looks into the abyss with a wounded bluesman’s eye though an engaging mix of covers and originals — many showcasing her harp playing (influenced by the likes of Sonny Terry, J.C. Burris, and Elder Roma Wilson). Indeed, Wilson’s timeless “Ain’t It a Shame,” fits right with the album’s groove and theme, with songs tackling such uncomfortable subject matter as war, poverty, and racism. Other songs include the opening haunting sparse track “The News” to the tongue-twisting dark politically charged “Bury the Devil,” to the jazzy “Double Shift Tuesday” (co-written with Slaid Cleaves), plus covers of songwriter Dave Carter’s “Crocodile Man,” the Carter Family’s “Sun of the Soul” and the traditional hymn “I Will Arise.”

After The Slaughterhouse Sessions 5.2, Hendrix’s “Project 5” journey continues in 2017 with two more albums: an EP of electronica music titled "Who Is Ann?" which takes its title from Hendrix’s middle name and exposes a little-known persona — the closet DJ. She’ll let the music itself do the talking, to get her message across on a more visceral level. As the final musical component of “Project 5,” “Talk to a Human” will serve as a wrap-up of all of the other albums in the collection stylistically, lyrically, and musically. It will also address the dynamics of communication or lack thereof while striving to maintain real connections in a social media driven world. “Project 5” will conclude with a brutally honest autobiography she began in 2003 about her experiences living with a seizure disorder while crisscrossing the globe as a touring singer-songwriter.

With a resilient spirit and upbeat eclectic live shows, she was one of the first artists to venture into e-commerce. Hendrix has since funded 16 albums completely through online pre-orders — a testament to the strong relationship she’s nurtured with her loyal fans over two decades (and multiple generations). Their support has not only allowed her to follow her heart artistically, but to pursue an even bigger dream: launching a nonprofit creative arts center based out of Quail Creek in San Marcos. It’s called OYOU, an acronym for “Own Your Own Universe” — words that embody not only the free-spirited Hendrix’s career, but her life. Along the way she’s been the recipient of numerous awards across the Lone Star State and beyond. She also co-wrote a Grammy-winning instrumental (the Dixie Chicks’ “Lil’ Jack Slade”), and garnered such 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.

Regarding why she took on a challenge of this magnitude, Hendrix explains, “As I became ever more conscious of just how many common threads there were, connecting songs to songs and songs to book chapters and vice-versa, the more I realized that everything I was working on was a piece of a single body of work. I like to think of Project 5 as a marathon; each leg is its own separate journey, but they all lead to the same destination.”

Upon completion, the big picture will reveal a full-dimensional portrait of the artist not just as a proudly independent songwriter celebrating her 20th anniversary of “owning her own universe,” but as a wizened middle-aged woman comfortable enough in her own skin to bare her heart, soul and vulnerabilities unafraid — and determined to live her time left on earth with passion, purpose, and principle.

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