Terri Hendrix – The Spiritual Kind – release date: Aug 7/07

 The Spiritual Kind

Spiritual Cover SAN MARCOS, TX, Award-winning singer- songwriter Terri Hendrix is set to mark the 10-year anniversary of her homegrown Wilory Records label with the Aug. 7 release of her ninth album, The Spiritual Kind.

Coming three years after the acclaimed The Art of Removing Wallpaper and two after her just-for-grins foray into kid’s music with the whimsical (and wildly successful) Celebrate the Difference, The Spiritual Kind is a celebration of life and song that sums up Terri’s myriad charms like a veritable career anthology. Some of the tracks, including “Acre of Land,” “The Spiritual Kind” and Terri’s cover of Woody Guthrie’s powerful “Pastures of Plenty,” have already proven their mettle over months of road-testing in listening rooms, theaters and festivals across the country. Others, like the incredibly catchy but socially conscious “Jim Thorpe’s Blues” and the beautiful “Soul of My Soul,” are certain to join the ranks of the fan-favorites that helped secure Terri’s standing as one of the most endearing independent artists throughout the contemporary folk scene. The record plays like a warm “thank you” to her longtime fans, and serves as the perfect introduction to listeners who have yet to “experience” Hendrix.

The Spiritual Kind, like all of Terri’s albums since 1998’s Wilory Farm, was produced by her longtime musical partner Lloyd Maines (Joe Ely, Terry Allen, Dixie Chicks). Terri plays guitar, mandolin, papoose and, most notably, lots of harmonica on the record (she attributes the focus on harp this time around to an obsession with Sonny Terry and Sonny Boy Williamson). Lloyd plays guitar, mandolin, banjo, dulcimer and pedal steel. The studio sessions were also graced by the duo’s longtime rhythm section of Glenn Fukunaga and Paul Pearcy, as well as special guests Richard Bowden, Riley Osbourn, Bukka Allen, Walt Wilkins, Michael O’Connor and Adam Odor.

Stylistically, Terri calls it a “hippie folk record” though as anyone familiar with her music knows, she’s never been one to play straight by genre rules. The Spiritual Kind just wouldn’t be a Terri Hendrix record let alone her most adventurous and carefree to date if it didn’t flirt so joyously with everything from acoustic folk to pop to country to jazz, all mixed together as boldly as the eye-popping colors of the album’s symbolic cover (painted by noted Dallas artist Artman). This, after all, is the same Terri who recently claimed the “Absolutely KINDIE” honor at the 2006 XM Nation Awards on the strength of her singular Doris Day/punk-rock/metal mash-up, “Nerves,” from Celebrate the Difference. Her other awards to date include a handful of “Songwriter of the Year” nods in both Austin and her native San Antonio and a Grammy for co-writing the Dixie Chicks’ instrumental, “Lil’ Jack Slade” not to mention more than a decade’s worth of rave reviews from publications including Paste, Mojo, Texas Monthly, Dirty Linen and more. Tom Staundter of the New York Gazette neatly summed up Terri’s appeal to “smart songwriting and gingersnap singing.”

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