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Through his father, Hal knew the music of country legends Marty Robbins and Patsy Cline. As a youth, he even joined Buck Owens’ fan club. Hal started playing drums at age 15, though he later switched to guitar. Although he enjoyed music, he spent nearly 20 years as a carpenter and furniture builder before getting his break in the music business.
In 1981, Hal left New York for Austin, Texas, and honed his songwriting skills in that town’s clubs. He released 10 of his songs on a 1986 album called Threadbare Alibis. At the same time, he began making trips from Austin to Nashville.
Hal eventually signed a publishing contract that led to a record deal with Curb Records. In 1991, the single “Small Town Saturday Night” launched him to stardom. Radio & Records magazine named it the No. 1 Single of the Year, and Music Row magazine called it the year’s breakthrough video. The song also helped Hal’s debut album, Past the Point of Rescue, achieve gold status.
By the time Hal joined the Opry, he had an impressive catalog of hits, including “Past the Point of Rescue,” “Sure Love,” “Mama Knows the Highway,” and “Hearts Are Gonna Roll.” Hal also had a hit with a cover of “Five O’Clock World,” a 1965 pop hit for the Vogues that had been written by Hal’s producer, Allen Reynolds.
An established painter, Hal’s work has been shown in Santa Fe, New Mexico’s esteemed Pena Gallery, where he had a successful art show opening in 2002. He was also a master carpenter who liked to make toys. He was a true artisan and a musician’s musician.
Hal's wife announced the dementia diagnosis in April of 2019.
“Dementia is an exhausting and confusing illness and now it’s time for Hal to stay home with loved ones,” Andrea said. “Hal is otherwise healthy and happy, enjoying time with his family and friends. We all deeply appreciate how much love that you all have for Hal and how much his music means to you! Also, a heartfelt thank you to all the incredible musicians that have joined him on this journey, with more than special love to Kenny Grimes, without whom, this last year of shows would not have been possible.”
Ketchum was 67.
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Canadian Country Best-Seller Dean Brody Drops New Album and Single/Duet With Mickey Guyton on "Boys"
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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.
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 last week.
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.
Fellow artists mourn the loss of their friend and share fond memories that have left them forever inspired by Doug Supernaw.
"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
“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
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The Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker hosted ceremony kicked off with an emotional tribute to country great Charlie Daniels, who unexpectedly died in July of a hemorrhagic stroke. Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne and Ashley McBryde delivered a show-stopping medley of Daniels’ songs including “Trudy,” “Texas,” “Long Haired Country Boy” and “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”
This year’s CMA Awards presented a mix of in-person and pre-recorded performances in front of a social-distanced audience filled with the biggest names in country music.
Not only did the night feature performances from country heavyweights like Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, and Eric Church, pop artists took the stage as well. Charlie Puth joined Gabby Barrett to perform “I Hope” and Justin Bieber joined Dan + Shay to deliver vocals from their collaboration “10,000 Hours.”
Hosts McEntire and Rucker also took the stage to honor the late Mac Davis who died in September 2020 following heart surgery. Together, the duo debuted their take on Davis’ timeless piece “In The Ghetto,” which he famously penned for Elvis Presley. Country singer and songwriter Joe Diffie, who died this year of COVID-19 complications, was also honored with a performance of his song “Pickup Man” sung by Jon Pardi.
Other notable performances included an homage to the 1980’s Western film Urban Cowboy from Old Dominion. The group performed “Looking For Love” from the movie’s soundtrack, which Rucker credited with changing the world by suddenly having “everybody, everywhere wearing cowboy hats and learning to line dance.”
“There are so many amazing Black women that pioneered and continue to pioneer this genre,” she said. “You have made this genre so, so beautiful. I hope you know that we see you. Thank you for making me so inspired as a singer in this genre.”
Luke Combs followed closely behind Morris, taking home two CMA Awards for Album of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year.
Charley Pride was presented with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award by Jimmie Allen, who first serenaded the crowd with a snippet of his song “Best Shot” and attributed a lot of his success to the country music hall of famer.
The last award of the night was the highly coveted Entertainer of the Year Award, which Eric Church took home — much to his own surprise.
“I didn’t think I was going to win this,” he said before exiting the stage. “Thank you guys very much.”
He also touched on the current state of the world and shared his belief that music will bring “us out of this.”
“That is the one thing that is gonna save the entire world,” the singer declared.