Possum Trot (1)
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POSSUM TROT . Old-Time, Breakdown. USA, southwestern Va. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB. Tom Carter and Blanton Owen (1976) say the tune has not been recorded outside of Patrick County, Va. They recorded it from Bill Shelor  who learned the tune from an uncle, Will Shelor, and who said the tune was titled because it sounds very much like a possum trotting. A tune by this same name (there are other "Possum Trots") was listed by the Troy Herald of July 6, 1926, as having been played at a fiddlers' convention at the Pike County (southeast Alabama) Fairgrounds.
Source for notated version: Bill Shelor [Phillips].
Printed sources: Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 187.
Recorded sources: Rounder 0057, Bill Shelor (Meadows of Dan, Patrick County, Va.) - Old Originals, vol. 1" (1978).