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A Great Concert: Terri Hendrix

I've been down with a miserable cold the last few days, but I'm feeling better now and I wanted to let you know about a really great show that we went to Friday night.

Terri Hendrix is a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter from San Antonio, with a fun, charismatic style and a clever sense of humor. She plays a great blend of country, folk, and rock and roll styles, with some jazz thrown in for good measure. I first heard one of her songs ("My Own Place") on NPR a few years ago, but hadn't gotten around to picking up the album. We went to this concert largely on a whim. In spite of my cold, the gamble paid off. We really enjoyed ourselves, and I definitely won't want to miss Terri Hendrix the next time she's in town.

Hendrix was accompanied by Lloyd Maines. Maines sang and played amazingly on dobro, guitars, and mandolin in this show, but I gather that he's best known for his steel guitar work. He's also an accomplished producer, and the father of Dixie Chick Natalie Maines, and he'll be playing with the Dixie Chicks at the Grammy Awards tonight. By the way, Terri Hendrix is up for a Grammy tonight as a songwriter!

In addition to Hendrix's original songs, the two threw in some covers. One of the most surprising of these was LL Cool J's "I Need Love", on mandolin and guitar, with a flawless performance of the fast (and copious) lyrics. They haven't recorded this yet, but I do hope they will.

The evening started off with a great performance by Martha Trachtenberg whose beautiful songs and voice really won over the audience. This concert, by the way, was put on by a volunteer organization called Outpost in the Burbs, which does a lot of good stuff in addition to their terrific concerts.

They did a fine job with the show, including good sound engineering in a small, acoustically complicated room. It was great to see and hear these artists play up close and personal, and to have the chance to meet them without a mob. I'll definitely be going to more concerts in this series!


The song Terri Hendrix co-wrote won Best Country Instrumental Performance, and Lloyd Maines shared at least one Grammy with the Dixie Chicks, whose album he produced! Congratulations, Terri and Lloyd!

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