George Ensle, (pronounced Enslee), began songwriting and performing as a teenager in the late sixties in his hometown, Houston at such venerable clubs as the Sand Mountain Coffeehouse and the original Old Quarter, sharing stages with legendary folk greats, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, and Jerry Jeff Walker. While touring the club, college coffeehouse and festival circuit, he was awarded a prestigious Federal Government Grant to be an Artist–In-Schools, teaching songwriting and the creative process to elementary schoolchildren. George has won songwriting awards from The American Song Festival, the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Music Umbrella, and the Austin Songwriters Group, and has released five albums in the U.S. and Europe. In 2008 he was nominated for Singer/Songwriter of the Year by the Texas Music Academy.
He has won numerous songwriting awards and has had his songs recorded by other artists, including Gary P. Nunn, Bob Cheevers, Will T. Massey and Jeff Talmadge. He has released albums and CDs in the US and Europe, including a new Movie-in-Song CD "Small Town Sundown" based upon his original story set in small town Texas, and now available on Berkalin Records.
George has a unique fingerpicking style originating from his classical guitar training and honed over the years to flow seamlessly with his lyrics. He has been called a "songpainter," capturing "lifescapes", with storysong portraits of "real people making it in the real world."
In the Fall of 2017, Berkalin Records is proud to announce the Release and inclusion in the catalog of George Ensle hisnew CD, “Retrospective.”
In February 2017 George Ensle was inducted into the Houston Folk Music Archives Collection in the Fondren Library at Rice University in Houston, Texas, celebrating 50 years as a Performing Songwriter, and a major contributor to the Houston Folk Music scene.
This is a commemorative compilation of selected songs from George’s first Album, “Head-On”, which was released in 1980 on Gazebo Records/Austin, Texas and in 1987 on Sawdust Records/Hamburg, Germany,
“The Old-Highway Café,” previously unreleased, and “One Gentle Hand,” which was released as a limited edition in 1999 on Gazebo Records.
It gives the listener a great overview of George’s earlier work and is a must have for his fans, showcasing a wide variety of his songs and many legendary studio session players.