David Roland Rodriguez was born and raised in Houston, Texas. His paternal roots lay in Mexico, and his mother's older sister, Eva Garza, recorded for Decca Records during the 1950s. At the age of two he contracted polio and as a result Rodriguez has worn a leg brace and walked with a cane ever since. Because his mobility was restricted his parents bought him a guitar. By the age of fourteen David was playing in a rock band, a year later in a folk group, and by the close of his teens was the pianist in an avant-garde ensemble.
^McLeese, Don (September 9, 1993). "Tumblin' Dice might be on a roll". Austin American-Statesman. pp. 4–. Retrieved 14 August 2011. "Among those scheduled to perform are Johnny Hernandez and Third Coast, David Rodriguez, MASO Band and Shorty and the Corvettes. ..."