Group Members

Reagan Riddle (1973-2023)
Larry Riddle (1973-2023)
Norman Wilson (1973-2014)
Furman Wilson (1973-197?)
Mike Riddle (197?-2023)
Randy Fox (198?-2023)
Jeff Tolbert (199?-2023)

Primitive Quartet (1973-2023)


The Primitive Quartet formed in 1973 after brothers Reagan and Larry Riddle and brothers Norman and Furman Wilson went on a camping trip together and ended up picking and singing around the campfire. After singing together in church, they began to get requests to sing at other churches in western North Carolina.

Larry and Reagan’s brother Mike replaced Furman Wilson in the late 1970s and the group became full-time in 1978. They had settled on the name Primitive Quartet by this point to reflect their characteristic style. Randy Fox joined in 1986 to sing and play various instruments. Jeff Tolbert joined in 1997 to play banjo, fiddle, and sing. The group is best known for the song “Fallen Leaves.”

In 2022, the group announced they would cease full-time touring in 2023 (their 50th anniversary), but said they may still reunite for special events.


Singing News Fan Awards:
Templeton/Norcross Award (2010)


Due to the large number of projects recorded by the Primitive Quartet, the discography section has been divided into separate pages by decade. Please click on one of the links below to access the decade you wish to view.

1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s

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