Lydia McCauley
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Terri Hendrix

To know Terri Hendrix and her music is to know an artist driven by creating and the passion for motion itself. Terri is a multi-instrumentalist who writes, sings and runs her own label, Wilory Records. The Dallas Observer states "...[Terri] makes her way in the music industry like some Hill Country version of Ani DiFranco." Over the course of the last half-decade she has quickly risen to the top of the talent pool in her native Texas, a state that measures its musicians against such towering standards as Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Townes Van Zandt.

On her latest release, Places in Between, Terri teams again with producer and steel guitarist Lloyd Maines (Robert Earl Keen, Joe Ely, Wilco, Richard Buckner) and her award-winning band, Paul Pearcy on drums and Glenn Fukunaga on bass. She has created with Places in Between an ambitious soul-searching album that stands in stark contrast to her three previous independent releases--1996's boho Two Dollar Shoes, 1998's eclectic Wilory Farm and 1999's scintillating Live. Places in Between offers a truly intimate portrait of Terri.

Whereas Mojo critic Johnny Black fondly summed up Wilory Farm as a collection of "songs that quickly etch themselves in the brain courtesy of smart hooks and well-observed slice-of-life lyrics" and an album to "play when the sun shines, " Places in Between is a companion for darker hours. The underlying theme and common thread that ties these songs together is the hope and promise to pull through hard times. "Hit the road until it hits you back," she sings on the album's opener Good Time Van "...and when it does cry until you laugh."

"It's about direction and finding one's place in the world in spite of the weeds in the garden of life-fear, doubt and uncertainty," says Terri. "When I graduated from comfortable noisy bars and coffeehouses to serious listening rooms, I realized I couldn't let weeds get in the way of my music."

Many of the songs on Places in Between reflect the obstacles Terri has confronted steering the ship of her career on her own against the tide of music industry conformity. The funky scat driven "Invisible Girl" blindsides the same frustrating struggle with a liberal dose of the humor and wit that Terri's audience has come to love and expect. Elsewhere on Places, Terri rocks ("Throw my Love Against the Wall"), rolls ("Good Time Van," "Places in Between"), comforts ("Joy or Sorrow," "Eagles") and bares her heart and soul ("It's a Given, " "Moon on the Water"). It all comes together in the glorious "Fair," an exuberant, crowd-pleasing anthem that turns what at first seems an admission of defeat ("Nothing is fair but the weather...") into a chorus of ultimate triumph. Or, as she succinctly puts it to a lover in the final verse, "I'm strong enough to leave you/ if you're not strong enough to stay."

"All I want to do is make and perform the best music that I can and create something special for others in the process. To me, my new release Places In Between is a commentary of the journey," says Terri.

Places In Between
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  1. Prelude
  2. Goodtime Van
  3. It's A Given
  4. Places In Between
  5. Wish
  6. Eagles
  7. Intro
  8. Joy Or Sorrow
  9. My Own Place
  10. Throw My Love
  11. Invisible Girl
  12. Motherless Children
  13. Fair
  14. Reprise
  15. Moon On The Water
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Gwen Avery

"Music has been the balance in my life. It's led me to love - - it's led me to God, salvation, freedom. I didn't know it. I didn't know anything else, It's been my gift."

Fair to say that music is Gwen Avery's life -- the gut wrenchin,' belly laughin,' music of classic blues. It's the music Avery heard as a child hanging around her grandmother's speakeasy in Verona, Pennsylvania, the town where she grew up. Like roadhouses and juke joints all over the South where so many of the early blues and jive artists came up, her grandmother's joint rocked with the music, the laughter and loud talk, the drum of feet keeping time.

Early years . . . the jukebox roots
In an atmosphere heavy with smoke, buzzed by whiskey, often overwrought with the heat of the moment, Avery watched, listened and absorbed the elements that were to inform her own musical style. It was a place where every itinerant musician passing through could find an audience for a night. Their sounds and styles were as varied as the records that played on the joint's jukebox. It was from that jukebox that Avery first heard the voices of Aretha, Jimmy Reed, and sucked up the sounds of The Drifters, Esther Phillips, Ella Fitzgerald, Gloria Lynn. And there was the gospel music that Gwen has said, "flowed in that house of ill repute with the whiskey and beer as frequently as there were church services."

Go West, young woman
That life and those sounds invaded Avery's soul and set her on a course of personal exploration and professional growth. Born of a musical family, she grew up singing first at home then at church and in local clubs. The pull of the West Coast music scene and the need to express herself musically was too great to keep Gwen in Verona for long. In the early Seventies she hooked up with Gregg Young and for three years sang in his hard rock band, Full Moon, before the Women's Music Movement drew her to San Francisco and a whole new set of musical influences. Gwen has toured, recorded, and played venues as diverse as outdoor music festivals and prisons. Through it all her music, style and stage presence continue to evolve.

The soul connection
As a songwriter she reaches down into the recesses of her heart and the collective experience of the generations who came before her. Without artifice or pretense she writes music that connects with her audience in a way that only music which comes from the soul can. Grammy nominated producer, Linda Tillery, performed with Gwen in the early days during the Varied Voices Tour, and has known Gwen for over 30 years. She has said simply, "To hear Avery's music is to be gifted with hearing the Real Thing."

Sugar Mama: the colossal voice
As a performer Gwen, dubbed Sugar Mama, is an irrepressible life force reaching out for another big handful of life. She grabs her audience by the lapels when she rattles the piano and raises her colossal voice. She means to connect with her listeners in ways that make them feel like they've just run into an old friend they haven't seen for years. Welcoming everyone into her realm with huge gestures of down home hospitality, she jokes, teases, shocks, charms, instructs, and preaches her way into their heads and hearts. The air vibrates with the expectation that something big, something provocative is about to happen.

Of her music Gwen Avery says it best
"I want people to brighten up and lighten up. I call on them to participate and to take that with them. My singing is for people who want to be uplifted . . . moved until their foot can't stand no more sittin,' till their butt can't no longer be flush with the chair…"
-- Gwen Avery

Sugar Mama
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  1. Sugar Mama 2K*
  2. Thrill Is Gone
  3. Georgia On My Mind
  4. Marianne*
  5. Suzanne
  6. You'll Find Love*
  7. Sugar In My Bowl
  8. Sad Song*
  9. I'm On My Way*
  10. Cry No More*
  11. Do I Move You
  12. Precious Lord
Linda Tillery, Producer
*Written By Gwen Avery
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Jamie Solow

Some riddles are meant to be solved; others, to be savored, with new wonders and insights to be discovered each time around. Riddles marks the recording debut of Jamie Solow, a Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter whose work combines the organic feel of traditional folk with the more contemporary textures of artists such as Sarah McLachlan and Tracy Chapman.

But Jamie’s is a distinctive new presence on the musical scene. Her voice is warmly expressive — sometimes ethereal and almost childlike, sometimes ballasted with the weight of emotion — and her songs tell stories based on real-life loves, losses, and other experiences. On the deceptively simple title track, she sings, “When a hand I’ve held is sliding away, I think love will go on,” but then, “I turn around and it’s gone.”

From the lilting folk-jazz of “Passionflower” and its ride through the countryside to the more urban longing of “Freeway,” the songs on Riddles take listeners on a journey of sound and vision. The achingly beautiful “Joe’s Song” was written as a tribute to a friend who died of AIDS, while in the reggae-inflected “Don’t Go Dirty,” she playfully but insistently asks why people keep their hearts walled in. Ultimately, in “The Softest Hour,” the CD’s striking final track, love and passion are carried to their inevitable conclusion: sonic nirvana.

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  1. No Warning
  2. Riddles
  3. Freeway
  4. Passionflower
  5. Passionflower
  6. Come Back Home
  7. Is It Your Heart
  8. Key To Your Door
  9. Don't Go Dirty
  10. Joe's Song
  11. Like A Baby
  12. Sacred
  13. The Softest Hour
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All About Jengurl

Well, rather than a typical "bio", we thought we’d give you a Top Ten List of why you should listen to and care about Jengurl…. So, here’s goes nothing….

Penguinville’s Top Ten Reasons Jengurl Rules

10. Often compared to Ani DiFranco and Tori Amos, she sings better than your sister.
9. She looks better than your sister.
8. She isn’t your sister…not that we don’t like your sister….
7. She has an Elmo *and* a Furby… I doubt your sister has both….
6. Lilith Fair ’98. She played more dates than anyone (except Sarah and Paula), yet she’s about as "indie" as you can get. Your sister is a sell-out….
5. Lilith Fair ’98. Did we mention that one? …sorry, I was thinking about your sister.
4. Cowboy Junkies. She sang with them at a show… your sister sings in the shower.
3… as in MP3… as in free tunes… what was the last thing your sister gave you? www.mp3.com/jengurl
2. At 6’9", 285 lbs, she could destroy your sister… of course, she’d *have* to be that big to take down your sister…
El numero uno... Nikko, The Flying Monkey. He’s a friend of ours and he owes us a favor, so if you ever want to see your sister again….

...so ...what are you gonna do about it??

Stick A Fork In It
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  1. Hi Heels
  2. Rain in Hershey
  3. Raft
  4. Better Off
  5. Hold
  6. Marie
  7. Agreed
  8. One
  9. Sweet Smelling Feat
  10. Midnight
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