David Rodriguez collection Edit

Summary

Identifier
MS 696
Finding Aid Author
Norie Guthrie
Finding Aid Date
2017
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of Description
English
Finding Aid Note
Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Dates

  • 1968 – 2015 (Creation)

Extents

  • 4 linear ft. (Whole)
    (3 boxes and 1 accordion)

Subjects

Notes

  • Abstract

    This collection consists of business records, lyrics, news clippings, photographs, audio, video, and digital files documenting the career of David Rodriguez.

  • Biographical / Historical

    David Roland Rodriguez (1952-2015) was a Houston-born folk musician and lawyer. At the age of two, he contracted polio. Because of his decreased mobility, his parents bought him a guitar. Throughout his teens, he played in a variety of musical groups including a rock band, a folk group, and an avant garde ensemble as a pianist. In the early to mid 1970s, he honed his craft in Houston's folk venues.

    After relocating to Austin in the late 1970s, Rodriguez graduated from the University of Texas Law School in 1981. He practiced law in Austin into the 1980s, focusing on criminal law and working with the Austin Arts Commission. While he maintained his music career in the early 1980s, he began to focus exclusively on his law practice in 1984. He even mounted an unsuccessful bid for public office in 1990.

    At the beginning of the 1990s, Rodriguez began focusing more attention on music. Local Austin music magazine "Third Coast Music" voted him Best Texas Songwriter for 1992, 1993. and 1994.

    In 1994, he moved to the Netherlands to play music full time. While abroad, fellow musician and daughter, Carrie Rodriguez would play fiddle with him on occassion. He had a vibrant career overseas and released a number of albums. David Rodriguez died at his home in Dordrecht, Holland, on October 26th 2015.

    His most widely covered song "The Ballad Of The Snow Leopard And The Tanqueray Cowboy" was recorded by Lyle Lovett, Melissa Greener, and many others.

    Rodriguez came from a musical family, which includes his aunt singer and actress Eva Garza, his brother singer-songwriter Philip Rodriguez, and his sister singer Leti Garza.

  • Scope and Contents

    This collection consists of business records, lyrics, news clippings, photographs, audio, video, and a wealth of digital files documenting the career of David Rodriguez. The materials are both in English and Dutch.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    This material is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Permission to publish from this material must be obtained by the Rodriguez family.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Donated by Carrie Rodriguez in March 2017.

  • Preferred Citation

    David Rodriguez collection, 1968-2015, MS 696, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

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