Terri Hendrix is one of more than a dozen female artists interviewed and featured in Unsung: The Stories of Women in Texas Music, an hour-long special presented by KUT Austin’s award-winning Texas Music Matters program. Produced and hosted by David Brown, Unsung examines the challenges faced by even some of the most successful women artists in the male-dominated Texas (and beyond) music industry. Hendrix’s insights on the topic are featured alongside commentary from Shawn Colvin, Natalie Maines, Marcia Ball, Rosie Flores, Ruthie Foster, Sara Hickman, Sarah Jaffe, Cindy Cashdollar, Robyn Ludwick, Akina Adderley, HalleyAnna Finlay, and the San Antonio rock trio Girl in a Coma. The late greats Cindy Walker and Janis Joplin are also featured. The program originally aired on Friday, March 30, but it can now be listened to on demand at KUT’s website (link below).
Here’s the blurb from KUT’s Texas Music Matters page:
“From the singing cowboys of depression era movies to the beer-drinkin’ good ol’ boys of modern country, Texas music has been wrapped in a Lone Star mythology that’s decidedly masculine. Yet from its earliest days, women like Cindy Walker wrote the songs the cowboys would sing. Some, like Janis Joplin, had to leave Texas to find acceptance on their own terms.
Even now, the story of Texas music is only half told — glossing over the roles of pioneers like Big Mama Thornton or the struggles of modern movers and shakers from Ruthie Foster and Shawn Colvin to Sarah Jaffe and Girl in a Coma.
KUT’s award winning Texas Music Matters unit revisits the story of Texas music by turning a spotlight on the women who’ve helped shape it – and who continue to keep Texas a vital voice on the world stage. Join us for Unsung: The Stories of Women in Texas Music. Listen to the full special above.”