CD Review: 35th Anniversary (The Primitive Quartet)
Although I have heard of the Primitive Quartet for years and have been familiar with some of their music, I got to meet them for the first time in September at the National Quartet Convention. I really enjoyed talking with Larry Riddle and Norman Wilson but I also had the blessing of meeting Mike Riddle, Randy Fox, and Reagan Riddle.
While at NQC, I picked up a copy of their 35th Anniversary CD and probably listened to it a dozen times or so in the first two weeks (something unusual for me). Historically, I have not been as into bluegrass as some of my family members but I am really enjoying this CD.
The CD starts with an up-tempo song called “John Knew.”
Randy Fox sings “The Precious One,” followed by Reagan singing a thought-provoking song, “Reaping From Fields I’ve Never Sown.”
Reagan Riddle only wrote one song on this project called “Didn’t He Shine” which features Jeff Tolbert.
I love the way Mike sings “Dear Jesus I Love You.” There is such a sincerity in his voice, making it more of a prayer than a song.
“Someday” talks about life after death and how it’s nothing to be sad about.
“I Love to Walk With Jesus” is another up-tempo number with another great message. I don’t know if it’s supposed to be the predominant instrument but I love listening to the banjo on this one.
“He Didn’t Stay Dead” is a great reminder that, as sure as Jesus rose from the dead, He will come back again.
My favorite songs are both near the end of the project: “He’s Still Been a Good God to Me” talks about how, no matter what I go through, God has still been so good to me!
Norman sings “Grace is There” and does a great job, reminding us that God’s grace is sufficient and will sustain us through the death of a loved one.
Thank you, Primitives, for 35 years of service to our Lord. I wish you many more years of blessing as you continue to allow Him to use you to bless others.