Dock Philipine Roberts (April 26, 1897 – August 4, 1978) grew up on a farm in Madison County, Kentucky. He was inspired to play fiddle at an early age by his brother Liebert. Their musical mentor was the African-American fiddler Owen Walker. In 1927, Doc Roberts formed a duo with Asa Martin called Martin & Roberts. The two of them recorded more than 200 sides on 11 different labels. Later on, with the addition of Doc Roberts’ son James, the Fiddlin’ Doc Roberts Trio was formed.
Doc Roberts Trio – “Coal Tipple Blues” (mp3)