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Doug Supernaw

March 26, 1997

By Teri Johnson

Staff Writer

It's almost 1 p.m. in Houston, and Doug Supernaw is driving to the doctor's office.

When you have six children and another on the way, you spend a lot of time there.

The country singer, who with his band, the Possum-Eatin' Cowboys, will perform in Martinsburg, W.Va., Saturday, March 29, talks on his cellular phone as he maneuvers through traffic, with his family packed into his four-door Dually pickup.

Supernaw, 36, describes himself as being in a state of "petrified adolescence."

"I think the kids keep me young," he says.

He and his second wife, Debbie, are expecting their third child together, a son, May 3. Supernaw has three sons and three daughters, ranging in age from 17 to 1.

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After the doctor's appointment, the family headed to Galveston, Texas, for a few days at the beach.

Texas flavor

Supernaw is enjoying the break, as he's been in the studio a lot these days. He's working on his fourth album, which will have a Texas flavor.

The album will include a swing number and is a departure from his usual style. He says he's not sure how his fans will react.

"Hopefully they'll go for it," he says.

Supernaw, whose hits include "I Don't Call Him Daddy," "Reno" and "Not Enough Hours in the Night," worked as a staff writer for a publishing company in Nashville, Tenn., while trying to break into singing.

"In Nashville they told me I couldn't sing," he says. "I sing for enjoyment; I never worry about how I sound."

He couldn't wait to get back to Texas. He and his family live in Conroe, north of Houston.

"It's where I grew up," he says. "I didn't feel right with all the politics of Nashville."

He's had his share of problems in the past few years, including a broken neck he received while surfing in Mexico.

"I was attempting to surf," he says. "I'm not a good surfer."

The day his neck brace was removed, he was in a car accident.

The former oil rig worker and concert promoter is not one to let things get him down.

"I've got too many people to think about," he says.

Supernaw always is ready to try something new. He recently decided to do a somersault every day.

"We're all doing somersaults," he says, as the kids pipe up in agreement.

The idea came to him after he and his keyboard player had a discussion about the first person who ever did a back flip.

He can't tell you what to expect at the two Apollo Civic Theatre performances, because he's not sure.

"We never use a song set," he says.

He's arrived at the doctor's office, so he has to run. He'll see you in Martinsburg.

Doug Supernaw concert details

When: Saturday, March 29, at 6 and 8:30 p.m.

Where: Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 E. Martin St., Martinsburg, W.Va.

Tickets: $15 and $20; all seats are reserved.

For information: The concert is sponsored by JDA Productions and Martinsburg Optimist Club. Call JDA at 714-0134 or 1-304-274-0222.

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