Kid Joe

About Joe Dobbs

J oe was born in Mississippi, where his grandfather also was a fiddler. After moving to Louisiana, Joe started playing the instrument when he was 10 years old.

After living in many locations throughout the South and Southwest over the years, Joe moved to West Virginia in 1967 and has been there ever since. He has been active in the Mountain State's folk music scene for 30 years as a fiddler, recording artist, instructor and lecturer. Besides performing at festivals and universities in the United States and Canada, he has toured Africa, Australia, New Zealand and parts of Europe, performing traditional Appalachian folk music. Joe also:


-- Is a founding member of The 1937 Flood, a band of fun-loving musical irregulars who have been playing together (pretty regularly) for more than 25 years.

-- Produced "Music From the Mountains" on West Virginia Public Radio. A very popular show featuring live music that ran for twenty-five years.

-- Continues to play his fiddle and work at his music store "Fret'N Fiddle" in Saint Albans, West Virginia.