Country Throwback: Watch Doug Supernaw Talk About Country Music Going ‘Pop’ in 1994 Interview

by Halle Ames

In an interview from 1994, we look at the late Doug Supernaw throwback, when he said that country music was sounding more like “pop”.

YouTube user Smitty Travels posted the minute-and-a-half-long video to his account of an interview in 1994 with country artist Doug Supernaw in south Texas.

In the interview, the George Jones and Gene Watson-influenced singer was asked what the next few years would look like for him.

“I don’t know. I’m really disheartened right now. Country music is really kind of pop. It’s really a sad deal to me. It just doesn’t sound right when you are out there in a pickup truck, or you’re riding your horse, and you hear country music today. Because it’s like pop radio was in the late 70s to me. I’m just getting back into just listening to old Merle Haggard tapes and all the stuff.”

Sticking to His Country Roots

However, Supernaw continues, saying that he will stay loyal to the sounds he grew up on, no matter the cost.

“I’m gonna try to put out good solid country music, and if I have to go to raising and cutting horses, I will.”

However, Supernaw admits that not many people enjoy straight-up country music these days.

“You really have a hard time playing stone-cold country anymore. You used to be able to walk in a place, and you could play all brand-new just country songs, but now, if you don’t do some of this hot country or some rock and roll or something, they just drift off.”

When asked how he could get fans interested in his music taste once again, he had a far stretch of an idea.

“I think we need to invite everybody to the hunting lease.”

Others off screen laugh at the notion. Supernaw smiles.

“Down there where we listen to Jerry Jeff Walker and Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard and stuff like that. You know? I mean, that’s country music to me.”

Doug Supernaw Bio

Doug Supernaw released his first album in 1993 called “Red and Rio Grande,” which achieved gold certification. During the same year, the ACM’s nominated him as the Top New Male Vocalist.

In addition, his song “I Don’t Call Him Daddy” is his most notable for reaching number one on the charts. It also landed him a nomination for Song of the Year at the 1994 ACM Awards.

Supernaw released seven studio and compilation albums throughout his career, which was from 1993 until 2017 when he released the rerecorded collection of his greatest hits.

The Texas native died in his hometown two days ago after a nearly two year battle with stage four lung and bladder cancer. Unfortunately, the cancer spread to his brain and spine. He was 60 years old.