David Rodriguez, Singer-songwriter, Died at 63

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David Rodriguez was born on January 1, 1952, and died on October 26, 2015.

He was a folk music singer-songwriter, performer and poet.

David 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 David contracted polio and as a result, he 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 Rodriguez 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, Rodriguez 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 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.

Rodriguez died at age 63 in October 2015.