Duane Tate grew up in the rural Appalachian mountains where traditional music was part of everyday life. He comes from a long line of folksingers. His great uncle Dan Tate was something of a folk historian, contributing to several Library of Congress recordings. One of the first songs he learned was "Sweet Betsy From Pike", which his father used to sing. After earning his B.A. in Drama, Duane spent three years with Theatre West Virginia, performing as an actor/singer in the outdoor dramas, "Honey in the Rock" and "Hatfields and McCoys". While there he was introduced to more traditional music, such as "Boil That Cabbage Down", as well as original folk music by writers Ewell Cornett and Billy Edd Wheeler. Duane's original songs betray his rural upbringing and love of traditional folk music. He now resides in San Antonio Texas, but will always consider the mountains his home.