Primitive Quartet, The


  • From Candler, North Carolina.
  • They perform bluegrass and Southern gospel music in churches and other gospel-music venues.
  • Formed in 1973 by two sets of brothers: Reagan and Larry Riddle, and Furman and Norman Wilson. They discovered their ability to harmonize and make music together while on a fishing trip. The original group was called the Riddle-Wilson Quartet.
  • 1976, began performing full-time. Furman Wilson was replaced by Mike Riddle, brother of Reagan and Larry. Changed their name to the Primitive Quartet.
  • 1986, added new member Randy Fox.
  • 2014, Norman Wilson passed away and was replaced by Jeff Tolbert.
  • They have recorded more than thirty albums on labels such as Pisgah and Mountain Heritage.
  • 2021, released Through the Years, Volumes 1 and Through the Years, Volume 2 (Mountain Home), a compilation from the group’s past 30 years of recordings.