Doug Supernaw Biography

26 September 1960, Houston, Texas, USA. It surprises many to find that Supernaw, which he claims is of French/Native American extraction, is his real name. His mother was a coal miner’s daughter and a fanatical country music fan, while his father was a scientist who only liked classical music. He learned to play guitar and grew up heavily influenced by fellow Texans George Jones, Gene Watson and Joe Ely. Supernaw briefly attended college on a golf scholarship but dropped out in 1979. He worked on an oil rig before playing with a local band and acting as a local theatre promoter booking country acts. In 1987, he relocated to Nashville, where he worked as a songwriter for four years, before tiring of Music City and returning to Texas. He formed his own band, Texas Steel, and built a reputation playing a residency in Tyler. In 1993, a scout for RCA Records was impressed and sent him back to Nashville, where RCA assigned him to their BNA label. Three singles from his debut, Red And Rio Grande, provided the breakthrough that he needed. After ‘Honky Tonkin’ Fool’ charted at number 50, ‘Reno’ (a number 4) quickly followed, before the catchy ‘I Don’t Call Him Daddy’ gave him his first number 1. The album’s title track also charted but during this time, Supernaw encountered more than his fair share of bad luck. At the time of his chart success, he first suffered a broken neck surfing, followed by being involved in a head-on car crash. Soon afterwards, all his band’s instruments and equipment were stolen from the tour bus. Finally, he suffered a very severe case of food poisoning, which saw him rushed to hospital after collapsing in the street in Richmond. When his follow-up album failed to live up to the high standards of his first, he moved label to Giant, still with Richard Landis as his producer. ‘Not Enough Hours In The Night’ went some way to restoring Supernaw as a commercial force, but by the late 90s he had returned to independent label status.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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