Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the George Ensle collection, 1973-2016 MS 680

creator Ensle, George
Title: George Ensle collection
Dates: 1973-2016
Abstract: This collection consists of the fliers, news clippings, photographs, audio, and video chronicling the career of George Ensle.
Identification: MS 680
Quantity: 1.75 Linear Feet(3 boxes)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

Growing up in Houston, George Ensle began taking guitar lessons at the age of 14. A few years later, his guitar teacher introduced him to Houston's folk club scene. He moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas in the fall of 1966. The following summer he began playing at Sand Mountain Coffee House where he befriended Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Carolyn Hester, among others.

In the 1970s, he made Austin his permanent home. He toured the college circuit with Nanci Griffith. He also played in venues across the state of Texas, including Houston's Anderson Fair, the University of Houston Coffee House, and the Old Quarter. Towards the end of the decade, he began teaching music in economically disadvantaged schools as part of a Texas Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts program.

Ensle released his first full length album in 1980 entitled, "Head On." He followed this up with "Heartwood" (1990), "One Gentle Hand: A Collection" (1999), "Live Set" (2006), "Build a Bridge" (2008), and "Small Town Sundown" (2012), and CD and DVD "Live from the Brauntex" (2013).

Ensle continues to play throughout Texas and runs the weekly Songwriters Showcase at Poodie's Roadhouse in Spicewood, TX.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains fliers, posters, news clippings, business records, audio and video. It is organized into four series.


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 from George Ensle.

Index Terms

Folk music
Folk-rock music
Folk music -- Texas -- Houston
Ensle, George

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George Ensle collection, 1973-2016, MS 680, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by George Ensle in February 2017.


Additional materials are expected for this collection.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: General files, 1973-2016

Box Folder
1 1 Album business 1980-2007
2 Arts-in-School program 1978-1979
3 Awards 1978, 2008
4 Business cards 1970s-1990s
5 Business records 1980s-2008
6 Calendar 1978
7 Correspondence 1982-2008
8 Ephemera 1991-2013
9 Fliers 1970s-2016
10 Lyrics 1970s-2010s
11 News clippings 1973-2013
12 Press releases 1987-2007
13 Promotion 1970s-2010s
14 Set lists 1970s-2010s
15 "Small Town Sundown" companion book 2013
16 "Songs For Blaze, A Friend of Ours" 2002
17 Southwest Regional Folk Alliance 2012-2014
18 Tour 2012

Series II: Photographs, 1970s-2010s

Box Folder
2 1 Negatives 1970s-1980s
2 Photographs 1970s-2010s
3 Proofs 1970s-2010s

Series III: Audio and Video, 1980-2013

2 "Head On" test pressing (12" LP) ca. 1980
"Head On," Gazebo Records (12" LP) 1980
Live at Anderson Fair Retail Restaurant (VHS) 1987-02-27
The Rocket Bob Show; Citizens Live; Austin Outhouse (VHS) 1987-04-15; 1988-05-06; 1980s
Live at Anderson Fair Retail Restaurant (VHS) 1987-05-08
Live performance (VHS) 1985-05-24
Live performance (VHS) 1987-05
"Head On," Sawdust Records (12" LP) 1987
The Texas Connection - Rusty Weir, Michael Ballew, George Ensle (2 VHS) 1990-05-02
"Heartwood," (cassette tape) 1990
"One Gentle Hand: A Collection" (CD) 1999
"Live Set" (CD) 2006
Live Video (DVD) 2007-09-15
"Build a Bridge" (CD) 2008
"Small Town Sundown" (CD) 2012
"Live from the Brauntex" (CD and DVD) 2013
Songswarm, Vol. 1 (CD) 2017

Series IV: Oversized materials, 1975-2010s

Box Folder
3 1 Album business 1985-1990
2 Art 1975
3 Fliers 1970s-2010s
4 Photographs 2000s