David Rodriguez (singer-songwriter)

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David Rodriguez (born January 1, 1952) is a folk music singer-songwriter, performer,[1] and poet.

Life and music[edit]

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.

His early musical influences included Lightnin' Hopkins, Townes Van Zandt, Lydia Mendoza, and Jerry Jeff Walker. By his early twenties, David was a law and economics graduate, based in Austin, Texas, where he spent well over the next decade playing music in Texas listening rooms.

In 1992, 1993 and 1994, he was voted the best Texas songwriter in an Austin poll by the music magazine, Third Coast Music.

David Rodriguez decided to settle in The Netherlands in 1994 and continues to live there. On some concerts, he has been accompanied by his daughter Carrie Rodriguez on fiddle.

Discography[edit]

Year Title Label Number Notes
1990 Man Against Beast no label (US) 15-song cassette, recorded live May 31, 1990 at Chicago House in Austin, Texas
1992 Avatars, Angels and Ashes no label (US) 11-song cassette, recorded live September 1991 at Anderson Fair in Houston, Texas
1992 The True Cross Dejadisc (US) 3202 CD reissue of Man Against Beast plus a live duet with Lucinda Williams recorded July 1992
1992 Landing 92 Brambus (Switzerland) CD reissue of ten tracks from Man Against Beast and seven tracks from Avatars, Angels And Ashes
1994 The Friedens Angel Brambus (Switzerland) ten studio tracks + four live tracks recorded May 1993
1994 Forgiveness World Records (US) cassette
1995 Proud Heart Continental Song City (Netherlands) 1002 released in the US as Recovery Recordings 2682 (2006)
2006 The Lonesome Drover Noose (Netherlands) N101 8 studio tracks, reissued on Folkwit Records (download only)
2007 Winter Moon Folkwit (UK) 0016 recorded live in Dordrecht, The Netherlands

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. ... 
  2. ^ Arthur Wood (May 26, 2009). "David Rodriguez". Retrieved April 2, 2011. 

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