Do you remember Doug Supernaw?
Back in the mid ’90s Doug had a few big hits on country radio. His songs were some of the biggest from the Texas influenced era during the ’90s in country music where traditionalist country acts with cowboys hats ruled. Doug’s songs are still big today, which I think separates him from others during the era.
In 1993 Doug was coming off an unsuccessful (but good) first single. He and the label released a song Doug co-wrote with his bad. Reno ended up in the country top five and Doug soon became a star.
Listen to Reno by Doug Supernaw…
Reno by Doug Supernaw
They don’t make country music like this anymore. Reno combines the temptations, wonder, and pain of gambling and women. In the end it seems they’ll both give you everything you want while taking everything behind your back.
Maybe that’s a bit extreme and pessimistic, but when you’ve been wronged this is exactly how you feel. Doug and his band captured the emotion perfectly with the lyrics and music. The song is still one of my favorites to play today.
After Reno Doug had his first number one hit with the follow up single. Later singles proved to hit and miss and soon Doug fell into a personal trap of depression and pain. After running at the top of country circles Doug lost himself and still to this day hasn’t seemed to find where he is in life.
There were stories about the talent Doug possessed, but others stories spoke of a man unable to handle success. Bad luck finds those that can’t deal with happiness and it seems in the end Doug couldn’t lived his own country song.
Perhaps someday the story will change. Until then we can still look back on the great country music Doug provided country fans. I own all four of Doug’s albums. I’ll continue playing them until the day I die.
Reno is one of my all time favorites.