The Texas Heritage Music Foundation will present a special free concert performance featuring Award winning Texas singer-songwriter Terri Hendrix and her musical partner Lloyd Maines on the evening of Friday, September 29 on the Schreiner University campus in the Cailloux Activities Center.

This free concert is part of Texas Heritage Music Days (Sept 28-29), a two day celebration of Jimmie Rodgers (the Father of Country Music) and in conjunction with the The Texas Heritage Music Foundation’s Silver Jubilee – activities commemorating 25 years of the foundation’s commitment to to preserving and perpetuating the traditions of Texas Music.  Dr. Kathleen Hudson founded the non-profit Texas Heritage Music Foundation (THMF) in 1987, out of her vision that stories and songs can transform the world and bring together culturally and ethnically diverse communities.

Texas Hill Country Artist Terri Hendrix perpetuates this philosophy every time she steps in front of a microphone. Her authentic delivery of a unique brand of eclectic Americana is encompassed with witty, soulful, heart-stirring lyrics that take the listener on a journey of self discovery and awareness. She has accumulated numerous awards locally (“Best Singer-Songwriter,” “Best Folk Act” and “Best New Band), co-wrote a Grammy-winning instrumental (“Lil’ Jack Slade”) on the Dixie Chicks’ multi-platinum “Home” album and was inducted into South Texas Music Walk of Fame in Corpus Christi in 2010.

In addition, Hendrix has a new book, Cry Till You Laugh: The Part That Ain’t Art. The book is an honest and in depth look into her rise as an Independent artist featuring tales of the road, her unique business strategy and songwriting methods and inspirations.  Her longtime musical partner, Lloyd Maines, is a Grammy award winning producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Bulverde, Texas. He first worked with Hendrix on her critically acclaimed album “Wilory Farm” and the two have been creating music together live and on record ever since. Both have been featured by Dr. Hudson at many events of THMF over the years and Hendrix is featured in Hudson’s book, Women in Texas Music: Stories and Songs.

“I am so excited to showcase these two people I love for the community, with this free concert on this special 25th Anniversay of THMF,” says Hudson. “Terri is a significant chapter of my book and Lloyd wrote the Introduction. They’ve both worked with me before at the Coffee House at Schreiner University. I am just thrilled to have them perform at this very special event.”

There will also be a special Songwriting Workshop with Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines in the Cailloux Activities Center on Saturday. Space is limited and interested parties may RSPVP to Dr. Hudson at 830-792-1945 or kat@texasheritagemusic.org.

Texas Music Heritage Days will also feature over fifty performers and demonstrations. Events include Gospel Music, The Hispanic Heritage Tribute, The Jimmie Rodgers Tribute and the Schreiner Choir, beginning at 9AM on Friday with free admission to all. This weekend brings students and the community together to experience the power of stories and songs in celebrating community and in creating community. Combined attendance since 1997 exceeds 35,000 students, teachers and public. This vision continues throughout the remainder of the school year via THMF’s The Bard Project (a unique in-school performance/outreach program) that presents songwriters, performers, storytellers, and demonstrations in area schools, classrooms, and organizations that work with kids at risk.

Hudson, author of two oral histories on Texas music, published by University of Texas Press, also teaches in the English Department at Schreiner University where the foundation is now housed in Kerrville, Texas. She integrates her work with musicians in all her classes at Schreiner, initiating a new composition class on Texas music and a class on the literature of American music. For more information, visit  http://www.texasheritagemusic.org.

Read the feature Terri Hendriz: Spiritual Kind of Outlaw by Gregg Andrews (Doctor G) that was previously published on Outlaw.

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