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Dr. Humphrey Bate & His Possum Hunters
Dr. Humphrey Bate was a country physician from Castillian Springs, Tennessee who founded the Possum Hunters. Oscar Stone and Bill Barret played the fiddles; Staley Walton and James Hart on guitars; Walter Leggett on banjo; and Oscar Albright on bowed bass.  Alcyon Bate (Beasley),  Bate's daughter, was also in the band playing uke, but did not record.  They recorded 16 titles for Brunswick/Vocalion in 1928. They played a very early style of old-time music and continued to play well into the 1940's.

Thanks to Kerry Blech for additional information and corrections.

The following is in part from Jane Keefer's Folk Song Database.

Dr. Humphrey Bate & His Possum Hunters
   Appearance as principal performer

  1. Billy in the Lowground
    • It'll Never Happen Again. Old Time String Bands, Vol. 1, Marimac 9110 (198?), cut # 18 
  2. Eighth of January #2
    • Nashville Early String Bands, Vol. 1, County 541 (), cut # 6
  3. Goin' Up Town
    • Goin' Up Town. Old Time String Bands, Vol. 2, Marimac 9111 (198?), cut #B.03 
  4. Green Backed Dollar Bill
    • Nashville Early String Bands, Vol. 1, County 541 (), cut # 13 
  5. Ham Beats All Meat
    • Old Time String Band Classics, County 531 (), cut # 3 
  6. My Wife Died Saturday Night
    • Nashville Early String Bands, Vol. 1, County 541 (), cut # 1 
    • Old Time String Band (Old 78's Tape) - Vol. 1, (), cut # 19 
  7. Old Joe
    • Tennessee Strings, Rounder 1033 (197?), cut # 11
  8. Take Your Foot Out of the Mud
    • Old Time String Band (Old 78's Tape) - Vol. 1, (), cut # 18
    • Goin' Up Town. Old Time String Bands, Vol. 2, Marimac 9111 (198?), cut #A.06 
  9. Throw the Old Cow Over the Fence
    • Nashville Early String Bands, Vol. 1, County 541 (), cut # 10 
Humphrey Bate
   Side Performer Appearance
Goin' Up Town. Old Time String Bands, Vol. 2, Marimac 9111 
    It'll Never Happen Again. Old Time String Bands, Vol. 1, Marimac 9110