Fellow Performers Remember Country Artist Doug Supernaw, Who Died November 13 at 60

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Nov 182020
 
Fellow Performers Remember Country Artist Doug Supernaw, Who Died November 13 at 60
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In the late 80’s and early 90’s, when Rock And Roll took a different direction into that alternative stuff which I hated, I turned to Country full time. Back then, the radio was choked full of the more traditional mainstream Country like this man…Doug Supernaw.

I was still buying tapes back then, and enjoying people like Sammy Kershaw and Doug Stone. Honestly, some of the songs that came from that era are now considered classics today.

There exist many package shows today that feature these artists together on one show, where you can enjoy their hits on stage. Today many of these artists are also passing away, like the beloved people that made the Outlaw Era so special.

I missed writing about many of these people that passed away in 2020, and I had to back away from writing for quite some time to tend to myself first. As I slowly trickle back to full on writing, I will always reflect on these wonderful times and wonderful songs.

Sadly, this is now a time for reflecting upon their contributions to Country Music and how they embellished my youth. Many damn fine albums emerged from the ashes of what Rock turned into in the 90’s, to become iconic Country albums that still had fiddles and steel guitars. There still existed Pop Country back then and it was completely watered down, like it is now. It was changing but the difference is back then it wasn’t shutting out the more Traditional Country either.

Things were different back then, and the music was targeted to a different demographic than it is now. Also I think another factor is back then we had no digital outlets and relied solely on radio. Whatever your opinion is about the situation, I’m sure you concur that this man and his ilk are slowly leaving us. We MUST hold dear all of the fantastic music from this era.

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country music hitmaker Doug Supernaw has passed away at his home in Texas at the age of 60.

Born in Bryan, Texas, Doug Supernaw moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1987, where he found work as a session songwriter. After four years in Nashville, he moved back to Texas, where he founded a band called Texas Steel. In 1993, Supernaw signed with BNA Entertainment. After releasing his debut album, Red And Rio Grande, Supernaw gained recognition with singles “Honky Tonk Foolin’”, “Reno” and “I Don’t Call Him Daddy”, which became his signature song and securing a gold record. In total, Supernaw recorded four studio albums in total with two additional greatest hit projects showcasing his career.

Fellow artists mourn the loss of their friend and share fond memories that have left them forever inspired by Doug Supernaw.

“Doug Supernaw’s voice was a mainstay during the 90s in country music and I am sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.” – Charley Pride

“I never really knew Doug all that well, but I have always respected him. He has been in my prayers since I heard he was down. Heaven’s gained another great one. Prayers for his family.” – Joe Bonsall of The Oak Ridge Boys

“Praying for Doug Supernaw and his family during this difficult time. Thank you for your contributions to country music.” – Lee Greenwood

“My heartfelt condolences to the family of Doug Supernaw. You will be missed.” – B.J. Thomas

“Doug had a broad smile, great spirit, and firm handshake. He always left me feeling better with his natural sense of humor. Blessings and condolences to his immediate and extended family. R.I.P., dude.” – T. Graham Brown

“My thoughts and prayers are with Doug and his family during this time. He was one of the good guys in our business and he gave us some great music during his career that will always be remembered.” – T.G. Sheppard

“Your career in country music spanned for nearly 3 decades. My thoughts are with you, your family and friends during this difficult time.” – Kelly Lang

“The last time I performed alongside Doug Supernaw was during a Country For A Cause charity event. It had been years since I had seen him work a stage, and it was great to see him wow the Nashville crowd that night. I remembered what a great entertainer he was. Over the past year, Doug fought a good fight, but he is in pain no more. My prayers and condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans.” – Tim Atwood

“My heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Doug Supernaw and his family during this very difficult time. Have always loved his songs and he will be greatly missed.” – Shane Owens

“My heart aches for the family of Doug Supernaw. Getting introduced to country music in the early 90s, he had one of the biggest songs I can remember in “I Don’t Call Him Daddy” – still to this day I know every single word. Country music will miss him and that last name will never be forgotten.” – J.D. Shelburne

“Doug Supernaw was always such a welcomed sight when our paths would cross out on the road! I loved his big smile and warm heart! He was super sweet to me and a super talent! Doug had a great love for country music and for all of his friends and fans! And the feelings were mutual in return. Doug Supernaw will be loved, missed and remembered forever by all who knew him.” – Deborah Allen

“I am really sad to hear about the passing of Doug Supernaw. The loss of another great talent. I am going to miss you, Doug.” – Johnny Lee

Doug Supernaw

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 13, 2020) — Doug Supernaw was diagnosed in February 2019 with Advanced Stage IV lung and bladder cancer and after aggressive treatment, the cancer spread to his brain and spine and placed in Hospice care in October of 2020. He passed away peacefully at his home in Texas today.

A mainstay in Country music in the 90’s, Doug Supernaw, charted eleven singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Track charts with three number one singles, “Reno,” “I Don’t Call Him Daddy,” and “Not Enough Hours In The Night.”

“So sorry to hear of the passing of Doug Supernaw. Although I didn’t know him real well, he was always so friendly and nice when I did have the opportunity to be around him, and would like to have known him better. He was a great talent and very supportive of our Dottie West birthday bash.  Thank you and RIP Doug.” –Jeannie Seely

“Doug was a great guy and a good entertainer ,and a Texan no doubt! We extend our sympathies to his family and fans and the country music community. RIP Doug..” –Exile

“After moving to East Texas, we got to know him and his lovely wife Cissy over the last few years. Keeping the family in our prayers. “Reno,” what a song!” –David Ball

“I met Doug Supernaw thanks to Kim Williams who had written “Not Enough Hours In The Night,” and he wanted the three of us to write together. He was a genuine gentleman. He went out on the road to promote that single and we did hook up to write.” –Kent Blazy

“We have lost another member of the country music family. Fellow Texan, Doug Supernaw was a very talented man and he leaves such great music and memories for his many friends and fans. My deepest condolences go to Doug’s wife and family.” –Linda Davis

“I was saddened to hear of the passing of Doug Supernaw. Being raised on 90’s Country, hits like “I Don’t Call Him Daddy”, and “What’ll You Do About Me” were staples in our home. He will be missed!” –Noah Garner

“I am so sad to hear about Doug Supernaw’s passing. My family and I will keep him and everyone who loves him in our prayers.” –Dallas Remington

 

Steve Earle, Luck Productions, and City Winery Host 6th Annual John Henry’s Friends Benefit Concert For Autism

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Nov 182020
 
Steve Earle, Luck Productions, and City Winery Host 6th Annual John Henry’s Friends Benefit Concert For Autism
Performances from Steve Earle & The Dukes, Lucinda Williams, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, and many more on December 13th
November 13, 2020 – For five years running, musician/author/playwright/activist Steve Earle has been gathering a group of world-class friends and performers for a one-night-only concert which raises money for The Keswell School, an educational program for children and young adults with autism. On December 13th, with the help of Luck Productions and City Winery, Earle’s 6th annual John Henry’s Friends benefit concert is going virtual, expanding its audience, and making the annual fundraiser a world-wide affair. With 100% of donations going to The Keswell School—an institution, near to Earle’s heart at which his son and the event’s namesake, John Henry, is a student—a host of world-renowned musicians have accepted their invitation to participate. Performers include Steve Earle & The Dukes, Emmylou Harris, Graham Nash, Jackson Browne, Lucinda Williams, Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires, and many more. A full list of artists can be found below and more information, including how to donate, can be found here!

Join Steve Earle & The Dukes with special guests for the 6th Annual John Henry’s Friends Benefit Concert, presented by Luck ProductionsCity Winery NYC, celebrating the Keswell School’s work in providing education for children and young adults with autism.

The virtual concert will take place on December 13th at 7:30pm EST at luck.stream/johnhenrysfriends 

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“Well, 2020 has pretty much sucked so far,” said Steve Earle. “It’s been tough on everybody, including those of us in the performing arts, who, after all, depend on the patronage of live audiences for our very livelihood. Therefore, I’m especially grateful that some of my favorite people have come together against all odds to support a cause that is near and dear to my heart, the Keswell School. Since we’ve been doing these shows, they are always my favorite day of the year…good music, good friends, and a good cause. This year’s performers are alumni, one and all, and I’m eternally grateful to each and every one for suiting up and showing up in the hour of our school’s greatest need.”
As mentioned, all donations raised through the live stream will go directly to The Keswell School, an educational program for children and young adults with autism. Founded in 2002 on the belief that children diagnosed with ASD can live full and productive lives as integrated members of their communities, The Keswell School provides educational, therapeutic, and supportive services for children diagnosed with ASD and their families. The Keswell School challenges students to accomplish in aspects of school life and prepares them for the fullest possible engagement in the world. The strong bond between Keswell students and their teachers and therapists is rooted in the School’s commitment to meeting students at their individual levels of development.
6th Annual John Henry’s Friends Lineup:
Steve Earle & The Dukes
Emmylou Harris
Graham Nash
Jackson Browne
Lucinda Williams
Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires
Josh Ritter
Matt Savage
Shawn Colvin
The Mastersons
Warren Haynes