Doug Supernaw: Yet More Sad News for Troubled Former Country Star

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UPDATE: Since writing this article, we've discovered what very much looks like Doug Supernaw's real Facebook page. You can assess his state of mind for yourself here.


About three weeks ago, we reported that Doug Supernaw, the Houston native and erstwhile country music chart-topper turned mentally-troubled, frequent drug-and-alcohol-fueled arrestee, had surfaced in the wild-and-wooly dude ranch mecca of Bandera, Texas. We speculated that if he could make it anywhere, it just might be there; old-school saloons prevail on a Main Street singularly bereft (by Texas standards) of churches and other such bastions of moral probity.

Sadly the singer, whose hits included "Reno" and "I Don't Call Him Daddy," is apparently too off his tether for even this hard-drinking little cowboy town. The Bandera Bulletin picks up the tale:

Country music artist Doug Supernaw was arrested last week for disorderly conduct and held for a 72-hour involuntary detention. According to Police Chief Jim Eigner, Supernaw had racked up numerous criminal trespass complaints from local businesses during his three-week venture through town. "He seems mentally unstable, very volatile, abusive, loud," Eigner said.

The 50-year-old was booked last Thursday and is scheduled for evaluation by the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, the Bulletin went on to report. As of Monday, he was still in custody.

In our last report on the singer, a local businessman told us that Supernaw was quite engaging when the two had a chat last month, if more than a little weird.

"When someone is sitting there in an office in a pair of pajamas and they say that they own the Bank of America...well, that's a real different feeling."

While we had heard a rumor that Supernaw had been living with the brother of a once-Houston-based A-list country star, a commenter chimed in today on our previous Supernaw story to report that the singer's regular nightly bunk was a pool table at a Bandera saloon.

"All I no is that hes got way more than a screw loose," wrote "Topgun373," who also characterized the singer elsewhere as "goofier than a road lizard." "Music is good but Mr. Supernut could use a brain transplant!"

Appended to a post about the singer getting arrested in Utah a couple of years ago are more comments about his recent doings in the Bandera area.

One person said he seemed fine, but another commenter stated that he was spotted attempting to barter a TV set he found in a ditch for a sandwich. "He is not the man of his past," wrote "Medina Lake, Texas." "When I asked him about performing again, his comment was 'I lost my music.' I'm not sure if he's refering to his past music rights or his ability to perform. I do believe he needs help."

A commenter named Becky484858 found Supernaw to be an ill-mannered, entitled boor.

He is a creep. And a very rude person. Thinks the world owes him something, and he is self centered. Pleas come get him. He is in Bandera Texas and we do not want him here. So if you are his keeper than come and get him. I do not care what he use to be nor care who is today. I feel sorry for his children, a father figure he is not..........

And Becky also had this to say

He is an ass and gets free food and never tips. But sure gets the service and he is self centered. Maybe he was famous at one time in his life but he is not anymore, so get over it. I pray that he finds himself in all that mess, but I don't think he will unless he removes himself and takes a good look at his selfishness. Which is part of alcoholism "I self and me" Get into a program Doug and the hospital.
Over the past few years, other rumors had intermittently placed Supernaw in his late mother's native southern Illinois. Another commenter lent credence to those tales:
[H]e owns a rundown house here in Johnston City, IL. He is still a partier, drugs and alcohol have been a big part of his life for a long time. You can tell he's 'not right' and maybe that's from all the drugs he's done. They will deffinately take a toll on your appearance also, because he looks awefull and very very old. Its sad to say but someone his age that's always lived his life this way will most likely never change.

After spending some time in the man's world almost four years ago, we've come to believe that the drugs and booze are as much a symptom as a cause of his problems. We believe he has very serious mental health issues, and it's always been our hope that he can get the help he needs, and that Supernaw will accept it if it's offered.

Sadly, we are less and less able to believe that he is capable of knowing what's best for him.


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chucky1967
chucky1967

Hey Doug this is Chucky from J.C.,T,J.s hubby we hung out at the hotel when ya was in town last.We had a blast,just wanted ta say be ya self always,and live the dream lol**** the haters out there and the next time ya in town come by and we will give them a real stoy ta write about!!!!

Gunnazi308
Gunnazi308

Doug, I really would like.to thank you for all of your music. The song 21-17 is by far my favorite song you have ever done, however I love them all. I truly hate the media and the poison they spread on everyone they can. You have a unique gift and I would love to see you come back and do more of what you do. I am pretty sure a lot of fans would love it too. Wish you nothing but happiness the rest of.your days.

Randy Rinear Jr.Cincinnati,Oh

John Kalinsky
John Kalinsky

Red & Rio Grande; one of the best songs ever written. I love Don Cherry's version. Wish you the best

Aimee Qualls
Aimee Qualls

Not sure what you all are talking about but after checking in on Doug's facebook page He's all there.  What you guys see is what he wants you to see.  I have and always will love his music.  You people are just trying to see a bad side to everything he does.  Take a look in the mirror and point out all your own flaws and face those before you start picking out other peoples flaws.  Doesn't the bible say something about he who is without sin may cast the first stone.  So back the hell up cause we all know that nobody can pick up that first stone!

Doug Supernaw
Doug Supernaw

Bandera, Texas is a wonderful place and Brian Black, "CLINT'S OLDER BROTHER" 1 of 3, is a great man.  I won many of the pool tournaments at Brian's place in Bandera, but not once do I recall sleeping in the bar, much less under the pool table.  Brian is one of my best friends who gave me my own bedroom and bathroom in his own home.  You people with nothing better to do than atempt ruining peoples lives never ceases to amaze me.  I have another name for it.  KIDNAPPING

ALV
ALV

OMG Lollycrtll!!!  Just where did you obtain the credentials to diagnose Doug (or anyone else for that matter)??  From first hand experience I will correct/inform you that Doug Supernaw IS NOT and has not been a drug addict.  His brain is more intact than most of us...We are all products of our own decisions and actions.  I take it you have no self inflicted pain to bare??? Stop labeling others unless you have some actual concrete evidence to do so by...

LollyCttlll
LollyCttlll

He is too far gone to help. Brain is addled from drugs & alcohol. Bare the pain Doug it's self inflicted.

Semiserene
Semiserene

As a former journalist, I realize that too often basic research will ruin a great angle, and this was one of those cases. A quick scan of any Bandera demographics would have confirmed that there are 18 churches - but only four bars - within a three-mile radius of Bandera. I personally think people get the impression that we're without organized religion here in Bandera because we aren't as quick to judge and condemn others as many people are in other towns with the same ratio of churches to individuals.

By the way, my husband and I have spent a lot of time with Doug (for some reason, he just hangs around us), and we find him sad but harmless. He's definitely delusional, but he isn't dangerous. I have more than 20 years of recovery time, and alcoholism and addiction (and mental illness) run through my family for generations back, so maybe I'm just comfortable with it. I generally expect anyone with major talent to implode early and am suspicious of those who don't...

Billy Cavender
Billy Cavender

Doug is a friend of mine, and a very talented man. He doesnt owe any of his critics anything. Period. We all have things in our past were not proud of..unfortunately we live in an unforgiving world. His music lives on and noone can take that away from him. I hope that one day he'll dust off that guitar and play some more of that good ol honky tonk music, but more importantly I hope Doug does what makes him happy. He'll always be a hero to me, and as long as were both alive Ill be proud to call him my friend. Thank you Doug Supernaw... for everything.

sandy.k5490
sandy.k5490

Doug, i remember meeting you back in the early 1990's, loved your music. I wish you nothing but the best as you move forward in your life, may God bless you. I do, however, have a inquiry; is Phillip Supernaw of the Houston Texans your son? If not, one heck of a resemblance!

doug jea.
doug jea.

Doug I love listening to your music. I do hope that you get back to the big labels again. God bless take care.

Robert
Robert

Doug, I do remember your music as I play your greatest hits often.  Red and Rio Grande hits home as I am currently in South Carolina and surely miss the Lone Star State which is where i was born and raised.  I realize it may be difficult to just restart your career but at the same time it seems good Traditional Country Music  and Honky Tonk songs are a fading and could use a good jump start.  Good luck in your endeavors.

Dutar76
Dutar76

Anyone CAN come back, few DO come back.  I blame anyone for trying/doing a drug for the first time.  After that, I just feel bad for them.  I  hope the best for Doug.  He's one of the nicest superstars I've ever met.  Would love to see him make a comeback.

Doug Supernaw
Doug Supernaw

I wish I had the brain to respond, but it it too far gone from drugs and alkahol/.  Kiss my happy ass.  Doug Supernaw

John Lomax
John Lomax

I agree that Doug is probably harmless; he's certainly non-violent. I just worry that he might cause an accident or get himself killed with his nightly perambulations.

I am aware that Bandera is not a godless Gomorrah, however the main drag through town is fairly chock-a-block with bar-rooms, which is what I wrote.

Doug Supernaw
Doug Supernaw

Thank you Dutar.  Hard to recover from jealous people like John Lomax, when you let him continue to fill our newsstands with this bullshit.  My kids read, or used to read, the Houston Press daily.  I prefer them to read the National Enquirer at this point.  Take care.  Thanx for the support.

Doug Supernaw
Doug Supernaw

John, I will be at the corner of Long Point and Bingle at noon.  Please bring white flag and money for lunch.  We have something to talk about.  Take care, and I wish that I could say that I wished you the best, but to this particular point, you have been nothing but a lying chickenshit mutha focker.  See you tomorrow hopefully, but I doubt it.  Doug

Cdub1996
Cdub1996

Doug is violent and dangerous when he is off his meds. Trust me

Doug Supernaw
Doug Supernaw

I recall flushing all of my "MEDS" down the toilet.  So sorry Cdub1996, whoever the hell you really are.

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