Doug Supernaw is the
real thing, an honest-to goodness, unabashed country singer who sings,
speaks and lives flat-out, with gusto and an ever-present grin. Ask him
to describe himself, and he will say he's in a state of "petrified
adolescence." His approach is probably best typified by two recent
appearances: one was before a crowd of 65,000 at the Houston Livestock
and Rodeo Show, where he made his entrance descending on a guy wire from
the roof of the Astrodome: and the second, during a Canadian show, where
he took a frontal swan dive into a mud pit in the crowd while singing a
song, never missing a note. In a business where it's easy, and sometimes
convenient, to lump people into categories, there is simply no category
for this highly talented, out spoken singer.
Doug has earned a gold album and a host of award nominations, and has
proven himself both as a compelling singer and a top-drawer songwriter
(he penned his first major hit, "Reno"), but those around him say he's
never taken himself seriously or changed his basic approach to life. He
is stubbornly loyal to friends and those he works with, and he is
generous to a fault with people and causes.
He displayed his loyalty early on, sticking by his band, The Possum-Eatin'
Cowboys (the renamed Texas Steel Band), when he was urged to take on
Nashville musicians as a tour band.
"There's a chemistry and sincerity between myself and my band that
translates to the audience," he says. "It's something that we've worked
hard on, and it's very exciting on stage."
Doug takes different approaches to his song writing and live stage show.
Musically, he admires Vern Gosdin, Gene Watson, and Willie Nelson. As an
entertainer, he adopts a free-wheeling concert style that owes some of
its attitude to Jimmy Buffett. His fervent desire to live, write and
sing with an outgoing honesty may be a native Texan's trait. "Live Free
Or Die" is a state motto that many famous Lone Star State natives live
As an artist Doug is continuing to expand himself musically in recent
projects. His remake of "Long Tall Texan" gave him the opportunity to
record with the Beach Boys, which he has been a fan of since his youth.
Another not so likely pairing was when he teamed up with the Dallas
Cowboys', Hershel Walker for a rousing sing-a long number called "Four
Scores and Seven Beers Ago."
Doug has been nominated for seven major awards, including the Academy of
Country Music's New Male Vocalist of the Year in 1994. The video for "I
Don't Call Him Daddy" was nominated for Video of the Year by both the
ACM and the Music City News. Music Row Magazine awarded Doug Video of
the Year for his self-directed video "She Never Looks Back."
Doug's fourth album,
Fadin' Renegade, was released in 1999. The second single off that
album, 21 - 17, produced
a #1 video on Great
American Country for 5 consecutive weeks.
While his voice has
been to the top of the charts, Doug readily admits there are other
singers who are more than a match for him technically. Still, he'll pit
himself against them all on the level that defines his appeal both as a
singer and as a person.
"When you're not the
worlds greatest singer, you have to reach down through your vocals and
sing from the heart." - Doug