When Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines roll into town for their Oct. 28 show on The Bowery Stage, they bring a world of experience with them.
The two, who have been performing as a duo for decades, are incredibly talented artists on their own.
Maines has been an in-demand studio musician, noted for his prowess with the pedal steel guitar. He’s also been on the other side of the controls, producing records for Pat Green, Butch Hancock, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Robert Earl Keen and Jerry Jeff Walker.
He’s played on more Austin City Limits shows than any other artist. He was one of the first three artists inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame. The other two were Stevie Ray Vaughan and Willie Nelson.
He won a Grammy in 2003 as producer of “Home,” the Dixie Chicks record. His daughter, Natalie, is a member of the girl group.
Hendrix grew up in San Antonio in a military family. She lifted her sister’s guitar when she was a teenager and started writing songs. She was given a scholarship to college, but dropped out to perform in bars and at open mics in and around her hometown.
A rebel from the beginning, she created Wilroy Farms Records in 1998, taking charge of the business end of her career.
Her three favorite songwriters are John Prine, Terry Allen and the late Guy Clark.
“It’s hard to believe there won’t be any more Guy Clark music,” she noted. “I’m into his music now more than ever.”
She wrote “‘Lil Jack Slade,” a hit for the Dixie Chicks. She’s recorded 14 albums and released a book, “Cry Until You Laugh – The Part That Ain’t Art,” in 2011.
She was diagnosed with epilepsy in 1989. She began keeping a journal and medical records, writing down what she did right and what she did wrong. The project turned into the beginnings of a book in 2003 and she’s been working on it ever since.
“I would really hope that I can prevent other people who are diagnosed with epilepsy from making the mistakes I made,” she said from a hotel room in San Francisco. She was performing in the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park. “I want to educate people about the condition. It’s important to be your own advocate, especially these days.”
When completed, the book will be the final installment of Project 5 – four albums and the book.
Along with Project 5, Hendrix is currently hard at work on Own Your Own Universe, a facility in Hays County, that will be an arts center, a healing center and a place where handicapped children can make music.
She is so committed to the project that she put her house on the market so she could purchase more property with enough room for all the work she has planned.
“The house was on the market two weeks,” she said. “It sold immediately. So, I bought some more property and we will break ground on the facility in January.”
Hendrix says OYOU will be her legacy.
“I want to have something to show for my time on this planet,” she explained. “There are certain things I want to manifest, like more young kids playing instruments and more people writing songs.”
While working on Project 5 and OYOU, Hendrix continues writing songs, hosting songwriting workshops and touring with Maines, saying their shows have “never been more fun.”
She wants the performances to be a place “where everyone can come in on common ground.”
As for her health, she’s on medication that works for her and has a handle on her condition. She knows when she’s reached her limit.
“I can go, go, go and then I hit a ceiling,” she explained. “When I hit the ceiling, I go to bed, sometimes for 15 hours, but I don’t have a seizure.”
Once she gets OYOU up and going and completes Project 5, Hendrix hopes to assist Maines with an album of his own.
“I’d like to help him do production,” she said. “He needs to do his own record.”
Tickets for the Oct. 28 show are on sale at http://www.winnsborocetnerforthearts.com or by calling 903-342-0686. Doors open at 7 p.m. Music begins at 7:30 p.m.
Bittersweet Highway will open.
Tickets are $28 for reserved and $17 for general admission.
The next arts center show will be Sunday, Nov. 5, at 2:30 and will feature Windsync.