Doc Roberts Collection

Fiddlin' Doc Roberts was an excellent fiddler and mandolinist from Madison County, Kentucky. His full name was Dock Phil Roberts (sources give his middle name as Phil, Philip, or even Phillipine). He recorded for multiple labels from 1925 to 1934, and made many influential recordings.  This collection now includes transcriptions of the complete extant corpus of Doc Roberts recordings.  If you have any additional material that is not represented here, please contact me.

Doc credited black fiddler Owen Walker as one of his mentors. Perhaps Walker's influence explains the notable bluesy streak in Doc's fiddling that isn't always found in Kentucky. Some analysts even find a Texas influence in Doc's fiddling.

Most of these recordings follow a similar pattern. The melody will be expressed the first time through the tune, and subsequent repetitions will introduce a number of variations. Where the number of variations is small, I present the transcriptions as a single time through the tune with variations marked. If there are many variations, I will simply transcribe all repetitions of the tune.

The vast majority of transcriptions in this collection are of Doc's fiddling.  He recorded five mandolin tunes: Honeymoon Stomp, Mandolin Rag, Pickin' And Playin', Shamrock Schottische, and Take Those Lips Away.

This collection is now complete; I have transcribed every tune of Doc Roberts that I can find.  If you are aware of any recordings of Roberts that I have not transcribed, please contact me.

62 tunes found in this collection.

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Name Type Key Date Added Date Updated
All That I've Got's Done Gone Rag C 2013-05-23 2013-05-23
And the Cat Came Back Reel or Breakdown G 2013-07-20 2013-07-20
Arkansas Traveler Reel or Breakdown D 2013-08-03 2013-08-03
Big Eared Mule Reel or Breakdown A and E 2013-05-08 2013-05-08
Billy in the Low Ground Reel or Breakdown C 2013-07-20 2013-07-20
Black−Eyed Susie Reel or Breakdown D 2013-08-03 2013-08-03
Blue Grass Rag Rag G and C 2013-05-23 2013-05-23
Brick Yard Joe Reel or Breakdown G 2013-07-20 2013-07-20
Buck Creek Gals Reel or Breakdown G 2013-08-03 2013-08-03
Carroll County Blues Rag G 2013-08-18 2013-08-18
Charleston Number One Reel or Breakdown C 2013-07-20 2013-07-20
Chicken Reel Reel or Breakdown D 2013-08-03 2013-08-03
Coal Tipple Blues Rag G 2013-05-23 2013-05-23
Cripple Creek Reel or Breakdown A 2013-08-03 2013-08-03
Cumberland Blues Rag C and F 2013-05-23 2013-05-23
Cumberland Gap Reel or Breakdown G 2013-08-03 2013-08-03
Dance with a Gal with a Hole in her Stocking (Jenny Lind) Polka A 2013-07-20 2013-08-05
Deer Walk Reel or Breakdown D 2013-05-08 2013-05-08
Devil in Georgia, The (Temperence Reel) Reel or Breakdown G 2013-07-20 2013-07-20
Did You Ever See the Devil, Uncle Joe? Reel or Breakdown G 2013-05-18 2013-05-18
Dixie Reel or Breakdown D 2013-08-03 2013-08-03
Down Yonder (Alabama Jubilee) Rag G 2013-08-18 2013-08-18
Drunken Man's Dream Rag G 2013-08-18 2013-08-18
Farewell Waltz Waltz C 2013-07-07 2013-07-07
Fisher's Hornpipe Hornpipe G 2013-06-02 2013-06-02
Girl I Left Behind Me, The Reel or Breakdown G 2013-05-18 2013-05-18
Hawk's Got a Chicken Reel or Breakdown G 2013-05-18 2013-05-18
Honeymoon Stomp Rag G 2013-08-18 2013-08-18
Honeymoon Waltz Waltz C 2013-07-07 2013-07-07
I Don't Love Nobody Rag C 2013-05-23 2013-05-23
I've Got a Girl Named Susie Reel or Breakdown G 2013-05-18 2013-05-18
Irish Washerwoman, The Jig A 2013-05-08 2013-05-08
Jacks Creek Waltz Waltz C 2013-02-27 2013-05-08
Johnny Inchin' Along Reel or Breakdown G 2013-07-20 2013-07-20
Leather Britches Reel or Breakdown A 2013-02-05 2013-05-08
Mandolin Rag Rag C 2013-08-18 2013-08-18
Martha Campbell Reel or Breakdown D 2013-05-08 2013-05-08
New Money Reel or Breakdown C 2013-07-21 2013-07-21
Ninety-Nine Years Waltz C 2013-07-07 2013-07-07
Old Buzzard Reel or Breakdown G 2013-07-21 2013-07-21
Old Zip Coon Reel or Breakdown D 2013-06-02 2013-06-02
Over The Waves Waltz C 2013-07-07 2013-07-07
Pickin' And Playin' Rag G 2013-08-18 2013-08-18
Rocky Mountain Goat Reel or Breakdown D 2013-06-02 2013-06-02
Run, Smoke, Run Reel or Breakdown G 2013-05-08 2013-05-08
Rye Straw Reel or Breakdown G 2013-08-03 2013-08-03
Sally Ann Reel or Breakdown G 2013-04-28 2013-05-08
Sally Goodin Reel or Breakdown A 2013-08-03 2013-08-03
Shamrock Schottische Schottische C and F 2013-08-18 2013-08-18
Shippingport Reel or Breakdown G 2013-07-21 2013-07-21
Shoot That Turkey Buzzard Reel or Breakdown G 2013-05-18 2013-05-18
Shortening Bread Reel or Breakdown G 2013-07-21 2013-07-21
Smokey Row Reel or Breakdown G 2013-07-21 2013-07-21
Take Those Lips Away Rag G 2013-08-18 2013-08-18
Turkey in the Straw Reel or Breakdown C 2013-08-03 2013-08-03
Wagoner, The (78rpm Version) Reel or Breakdown C 2013-06-02 2013-06-02
Wagoner, The (Medley Version) Reel or Breakdown D 2013-06-02 2013-06-02
Waltz The Hall Reel or Breakdown G 2013-07-21 2013-07-21
Way Down South (Whistling Rufus) Rag G 2013-08-18 2013-08-18
Waynesburgh Reel or Breakdown G 2013-05-12 2013-05-12
Wednesday Night Waltz Waltz C and F 2013-07-07 2013-07-07
Whos’s Been Here Since I’ve Been Gone? Reel or Breakdown G 2013-07-21 2013-07-21