Arden, North Carolina (October 22, 2021) — Mountain Home Music Company is sharing The Primitive Quartet’s extensive catalog of music with a new generation of listeners with a groundbreaking series called Through The Years, which brings some of the group’s most popular music to streaming services and digital sales platforms for the first time. Through The Years Volumes 1 and 2 are out now.
“We released 3 albums with Crossroads back in 2009 which have been well received and have had people asking for more,” says the group. “We’ve recorded at Crossroads many times and are excited to partner with them again. We pray this series of nearly 150 songs will be a blessing to many folks as more people use the digital services to listen to music.”
Gospel songs have been an integral part of the bluegrass genre since its very first days and in 1973, The Primitive Quartet took its place in the ranks of bluegrass gospel artists. Known for their determinedly acoustic approach to instrumentation; their emphasis on unadorned, heartfelt singing; the depth of their contribution to the bluegrass gospel songbook, and, above all, the simple clarity of their Christian message, the Primitive Quartet have become a beloved presence at churches, festivals and gospel singing gatherings across the country.
Through The Years, Volume 1 and Volume 2 present over 40 selections that span some 30 years of the storied group’s recordings, ranging from acclaimed songs like “We’ve Been So Blessed,” “The Good Shepherd” (Volume 1) and “He Included Me” (Volume 2) to distinctive versions of classics like “Traveling Shoes” (Volume 1) and “How Tedious And Tasteless The Hours” (Volume 2) to a wealth of originals from Reagan Riddle and other members of the group such as “Brother John,” “When This Old Gravel Road Turns To Gold” (Volume 1), “God Is So Good To Me” and “I’m Looking Through New Eyes” (Volume 2).
When completed, the series — curated by the Crossroads Label Group’s Greg Bentley and The Primitive Quartet’s Mike Riddle — will encompass eight volumes covering nearly 40 years of historic releases, including a collection of Christmas favorites and a compilation of songs from the several live albums the group has released over the years. Rarely has such an archival exploration been directed exclusively at digital platforms, and the combination of historical interest and forward-looking accessibility serves to guarantee that not only will long-time fans of the storied group have their favorites close at hand, but that the vital musical ministry of the Primitive Quartet will be available for discovery by generations of fans yet to come.
About The Primitive Quartet
The Primitive Quartet began in 1973, when two sets of Western North Carolina brothers, Reagan and Larry Riddle and Furman and Norman Wilson, carried a guitar and mandolin with them on a fishing trip, where they discovered a love and a gift for harmony singing. With the encouragement of their parents and pastor, they began to sing together at area churches as the Riddle-Wilson Quartet. In 1978, with the decision to devote themselves to a full-time musical ministry, the group said goodbye to Furman Wilson, welcomed Reagan and Larry’s brother, Mike, into the group and renamed themselves as The Primitive Quartet. As their career developed, the Quartet added Indiana-born singer and instrumentalist Randy Fox in 1986 and, a decade later, another North Carolinian, Jeff Tolbert — first as an instrumentalist and then, with the passing of Norman Wilson in 2014, as a singer. Over the years, The Primitive Quartet has toured across the United States and overseas, recorded scores of albums, released more than a dozen videos and DVDs, and made their “Hominy Valley Singing Grounds” in Candler, North Carolina, into a popular home for gospel singing events.