Fiddlin' Doc Roberts

Decades: 2000s


Dock Phillip Roberts, 26 April 1897, near Kirksville, Madison County, Kentucky, USA, d. 4 August 1978, USA. A much-admired traditional country fiddle player, Roberts became well known to a small but eager audience. Among his most popular songs was 1935’s ‘Ragtime Chicken Joe’, for Conqueror Records, which appears on several compilations of similar music. Artists with whom he recorded include Martha Campbell and Asa Martin. His son, mandolin player James Roberts, met Martha Carson at a time when both were working on Martin’s Morning Roundup on radio station WLAP Louisville. James and Martha married and later appeared together using the name James And Martha Carson ‘The Barn Dance Sweethearts’.

Among the songs in Roberts’ repertoire were ‘Black-Eyed Susan’, ‘Blue Grass Rag’, ‘Cripple Creek’, ‘Drunk Man Blues’, ‘The Girl I Left Behind Me’, ‘Jacks Creek...

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