We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of David Rodriguez in 2015 – he leaves behind some great music which will remain available here until further notice.
“While record labels are searching for the next pretty face that will write some songs and label them as the next David Gray, they are missing the real meaning of the singer songwriter, the real Davids that have learned from life how to make a living song that sings its time and age and goes all through time to become timeless. This cannot be done by promoting mediocrity or in a studio; it comes from the inner voice and the inner music. David Rodriguez is the real coffee and not the ersatz; he is a real voice and the reason why you should listen to music.”
– Mois Benarroch, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
A Winter Moon
“…a must have disc.” – Arthur Wood, Folkwax
“…outstanding.” – John Conquest, 3rd Coast Music
About David Rodriguez:
On stage in Paradiso, Amsterdam, May 2003, Lucinda Williams told the audience, of which David was seated amongst: “I feel like I’m in the presence of genius because my friend David is here. Do you know him?” Hancock added, “David Rodriguez, a detour well worth the trouble”. His work is compared with that of Townes van Zandt and Bob Dylan. “David Rodriguez is the most engaging voice of our time” said Peg Miller from Chicago House Theatre in Austin, Texas.
Today, the judgement of those observers has not changed. David Rodriguez remains highly praised by the insiders. Ad van Meurs from the Watchman called David in a recent interview, “the best still-living singer/songwriter” Lyle Lovett paid him the highest compliment any songwriter can pay another, by recording his own version of Ballad Of The Snow Leopard And The Tanqueray Cowboy for inclusion on his award winning double CD, Step Inside This House, a tribute to his fellow Texan songwriters. The song was also included in the soundtrack of the Disney movie – Mumford.
Further recent covers of David’s compositions are:
- ‘Two Lane Blacktop‘ by Vince Bell on his CD, ‘Live In Texas’
- ‘Midnight Flight‘ co- written with Jeff Talmadge on ‘Blissville’
- ‘Santa Cruz‘ by Jerry Giddens on his just completed CD
Besides his writing and recording, David has always been a live performer, and loves nothing better than singing his songs to a live audience, which has taken him from his base in Texas to the rest of the world. He has even been known to lay down his hat upon the sidewalk and knock out a few tunes on his accordion. “A musician never dies of hunger” is his ironic comment. However, people who know his music, appreciate him best when he performs his own work.
On some concerts, he has been accompanied by his daughter, Carrie Rodriguez on fiddle, of whom he is immensely proud of, not only as a daughter, but also as a very talented musician and vocalist in her own right. She is currently flying the Rodriguez family flag, with highly successful duet albums made with another songwriting legend, Chip Taylor.
David was born on 1st January 1952 in Houston, Texas. His father came from a Mexican immigrant family, and his mother’s older sister was under contract with Decca records in the 50’s, as the South American Singer, Eva Garza. When he was two years old, he was struck down with polio, and since then, he has walked with a leg brace and walking cane. Because he couldn’t play in the street like other children, his parents bought him a guitar. When he was fourteen he played in a rock band, at fifteen in a folk group, and at nineteen in an avant-garde ensemble as a pianist in the conservatorium.
As a political activist, he helped change the destiny of street-poor Mexican immigrants in Texas. After his legal studies were finished, he continued as a lawyer for them and his fellow artists and musicians. The time came when he finally had to make a choice between being a political figure or making music his life. Although the latter won the day, his political comments can still be heard through some of his songs.
In 1992,’93 and ‘94, he was voted in an Austin poll, the best Texas songwriter by the music magazine, Third Coast Music.
In the United States, David recorded several CD’s, including the beautiful Forgiveness. In Holland, where he now resides, he came under the guidance of Ad van Meurs and recorded the Proud Heart album in Eindhoven. Recently he completed the recording of a new album, produced by Dutch singer/songwriter J W Roy, entitled Lonesome Drover.
David has always refused to submit himself to any concession of commercialism. Like a good cognac, David’s work remains for the connoisseur, something to sample, something to listen to closely.
A Winter Moon was released on Folkwit Records in March 2007.