Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the David Rodriguez collection, 1968-2015 MS 696

creator Rodriguez, David Roland
Title: David Rodriguez collection
Dates: 1968-2015
Abstract: This collection consists of business records, lyrics, news clippings, photographs, audio, video, and digital files documenting the career of David Rodriguez.
Identification: MS 696
Quantity: 4 linear ft.(3 boxes and 1 accordion)
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

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.

Index Terms

Folk-rock music
Folk music
Folk music -- Texas -- Houston
Hispanic Americans
Rodriguez, David Roland

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Carrie Rodriguez in March 2017.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: General files

Box Folder
1 1 Art 1975-2000s
2 Art journal 1998
3 Biography/Resume 2000s
4 Business records 2004-2015
5 Correspondence 2001-2015
6 Fliers 1994-2012
7 Identification Cards/Passport 2009-2014
8 Journal ca. 2004
9 Journal 2000s
10 Lyric notebook 2000s
11 Lyrics 1990s-2010s
12 News clippings 1982-2010
13 Newsletters 1994
14 Notes 2000s
15 Planner 2003
16 Politics 1990
17 Scores 2000
18 Tex Mex 1 and 2 2000s

Series II: Photographs and Negatives

Box Folder
1 19 Negatives 2000s
20 Photographs 1990s-2010s

Series III: Audio

Sub-Series A: Cassette Tapes
Cassette tapes (10)
Sub-Series B: DAT
DATs (11)
Sub-Series C: CDs
Sub-Sub-Series 1: David Rodriguez audio
2 Live at Youngs, Houston, TX 1975-08
"The Political Liedjes" 1975-1995
KUT Folkways, Austin, TX 1979
Davy and Z-Vue, Hole in the Wall, Austin, TX 1982-10-16
KUT live, Austin TX 1982
"Rafaela" with Leticia Rodriguez 1987
KUT Live set, Austin, TX 1990-05-13
"The True Cross" (2) 1990
Writers in the Round concert, Main Street Theatre, Houston, TX 1992-09-06
"Landing 92" (2) 1992
KUT Live set, Austin, TX 1993-02-14
Live 1994-02
"Forgiveness" 1994
"The Friedens Angel" (2) 1994
"Howl...A Farewell Compilation of Unreleased Songs" 1994
Amsterdam 1995
Live at Ons Huis, West Tershelling 1999-01-10
Rhythm Studio 2002-01-22
Piano songs 2002-02
David no. I 2002-06-26
David no. II 2002
"For the Sake of the Song: A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt" 2002
"Lonesome Drover" 1st mix 2002
Rhythm Studio master 2002
"De Terschellingen" 2003
Schilderijen [?] 2004-12-10
Two Times Rodriguez 2005-01-14
"Two Little Pigs" 2005-12-05
"Cuba Libre" 2005-12-06
"Stil Rood" production master 2005-07-07
"Gulf Coast Blues"; "The Dream and the Violin"; "Two Little Pigs" 2005
"Racing Aimless" single 2005
"Two Little Pigs"; "The Drum and the Violin" 2005
Radio Venaje 2006-10-05
"Wings of Valhalla" 2006
"The Book of David" 2007-04-20
Live in Theater de Steeg, The Hague 2008-03-09
"Erasmus Cultuer" nooturtgang 2009-03-26
"Austin Music: Volume Eight" 2009
"Racing Aimless" (2) 2011
Live at the Kunstkerk in Dordrecht (2) 2012
"Avatars, Angels and Ashes"
"Boruia Baru"
"Cuba Libre" master
"Daddy Loved His Guitar (More Than Me)"
David Y Los Buscaderos
"Deep Water Sailor" part 1
"Dutch Impressions"
"Dutch Impressions" master
"Het Gebed"
Jan Willem II
Largo project
"De Lonesome Drover"
"The Lonesome Drover"
"Lonesome Drover"
"Mexicans Lullaby" instrumental
"Sign of Live" (2)
Trek-sak nummers speciarale [?]
Unlabeled song collection - "Girl from Gelderland"
Unlabeled song collection - "Terschellinger Maid"
Waviw Ralph
"A Winter Moon" vol. 1
"A Winter Moon" vol. 2
Sub-Sub-Series 2: Other Audio
2 John Vandiver and Shake Russell live ca. 1983
the (very) girls 1996
Jeff Talmadge - "Secret Anniversaries" 1999
Bob Bourgoin - "Hole in the Sky" 2001
Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez - "Let's Leave This Town" 2002
Jeff Talmade - "blissville" 2004
Tish Hinojosa - "Our Little Planet" 2008
Melissa Greener - "Dwelling" 2010
Ois Offn - "Willi Resetarits Und Der Stubnblues" 2012
The Accidental Band - "We Ain't No Lap Dancin' Band" 2013
Craig Clifford - "Choices" 2013
Melissa Greener - "Transistor Corazon" 2013
Sub-Series D: Minidisc
Minidiscs (17)

Series IV: Video

2 Dr. Hood's Sarsaparilla, Herman Park (DVD) 1968
"Austin Connection" (DVD) 1982; 1987
Trickledown and the Budget Cuts live, Emma Joe's, Austin, TX (DVD) 1982
Live at Emma Joes, Austin, TX (DVD) 1983-07-01
Las Manitas (DVD) 1987-07-24
Live (DVD) 1991
Live (DVD) 1994-01
Dreamtime (DVD) 2006
"This One's For You" (DVD) 2006
Davy and Z-Vue live, Dixie's Bar and Bus Stop (DVD)
Multiple performers (VHS)
unlabeled (DVD)
unlabeled (VideoHi8 tape)

Series V: Computer files 1995-2015

3 Internal hard drives (6) 1995-2004
Laptops (2)
Micro SD
Tablets (2)
Thumb drive
Digital Images (CD)

Series VI: Instruments

Harmonicas (2) n.d.
Hohner Accordion n.d.
The accordion is located onsite in the basement annex along the back wall near the Weber-Staub-Briscoe architectural collection.