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Gene Watson's peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as 'the singer's singer' - and rightly so!
All of Gene Watson's Peers who were contacted during 2005 were most gracious with their time & words. It is here, within this special part of the Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Doug Supernaw, which he submitted to this site on Wednesday 30 November 2005.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Doug Supernaw who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
This quote was submitted on Wednesday 30 November 2005.
'Gene Watson, to me, epitomises everything great and everything sad about country music. Being, undoubtedly, one of the purest country singers ever, I believe that he would rather be in an auto shop singing for his buddies, rather than playing the politics of the music business.
Houston, Texas and surrounding areas have been the most competitive country music market for years, and I don't think that you would find anyone down here in the business who has not been influenced by the wonderful gentleman.
I have the same sad disease as Gene, in that I sing because I have to, not to be on 'You Can Be A Star'. The music and honky tonks, regardless of who thinks what about them, are very therapeutic to a bunch of our breed, and Gene can bring you to your knees on any sawdust dance floor.
Thanks to you, Sean, for keeping his music alive'.
Thank you, Doug Supernaw, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Doug Supernaw...
Doug Supernaw was born Douglas Anderson Supernaw in Bryan, Texas on Monday 26 September 1960 and is an artist who was heavily influenced by Gene Watson, Keith Whitley (Thursday 1 July 1954 - Tuesday 9 May 1989) and George Jones.
Doug Supernaw later attended college on a golfing scholarship; after dropping out of college in 1979, he briefly worked on an oil rig before serving as a musician in local bands.
Doug Supernaw moved to Nashville in 1987, where he found work as a session songwriter. After four years in Nashville, however, he moved back to Texas in 1991, where he founded a band called Texas Steel.
An A&R executive for RCA Records discovered Doug Supernaw and signed him to the label's BNA Entertainment (BNA Records) division in 1993. That year, Doug saw the release of his debut album, 'Red And Rio Grande' (BNA Records, 1993). Overall, four singles were released from the album, starting with 'Honky Tonkin' Fool', which failed to enter the Billboard country music Top 40 singles chart.
A second single, 'Reno', reached the Billboard country music Top 5 soon afterward, while its follow-up, 'I Don't Call Him Daddy', which was previously a No.86 Billboard country music single in 1988 for Kenny Rogers, became Supernaw's only Billboard No.1 single by the end of 1993. The 'Red And Rio Grande' album went on to achieve gold certification in the United States.
A series of injuries nearly ended Doug Supernaw's career after his first album's release. After recovering from a broken neck suffered while surfing, he was involved in a head-on car collision. Finally, he was hospitalised after a nearly-fatal case of food poisoning.
Once he had recovered from the food poisoning, Doug Supernaw recorded his second album for BNA; 'Deep Thoughts From A Shallow Mind' (BNA Records, 1994) was released in 1994.
Of the album's three singles, only the Dennis Linde-penned 'What'll You Do About Me', which was previously a single in 1984 for Steve Earle and in 1992 for The Forester Sisters, entered the Billboard Top 40 on the country music charts. Shortly after the release of his second album, Doug Supernaw exited BNA's roster.
In 1995, Doug Supernaw signed to Giant Records, where he recorded and released his third major-label album, 'You Still Got Me' (Giant Records, 1996), in 1996.
Although its first single, 'Not Enough Hours In The Night', reached a peak of No.3 on the Billboard country singles charts, neither of the album's other singles reached the Top 40. As a result, Doug left Giant Records not long afterward.
Doug Supernaw's first compilation album, 'The Encore Collection', was issued by Sony BMG Special Products in 1997.
Doug Supernaw's third and final recording contract was with the small, independent Tack Records label, on which he released 'Fadin' Renegade' in 1999. The album's two singles, the title track and '21-17', both failed to enter the Billboard country music singles chart, although the latter song's music video gained popularity on Country Music Television (CMT) and Great American Country (GAC).
Doug Supernaw recorded 'Nothing Sure Looked Good On You' and included the track on 'Fadin' Renegade' (Tack Records, 1999); the original version of 'Nothing Sure Looked Good On You' was recorded by Gene Watson and was included on 'Should I Come Home' (Capitol Records, 1979).