The Primitive Quartet has been traveling and singing for more than forty years. This talented group has a rather interesting background, starting with their very first realization that forming a "singing group" would be a possibility for them. The group was formed as a result of a fishing trip. As they sat around the campfire at night, singing, they realized that they sang in four-part harmony, essential for a quartet, of course.
After a bit of organizing and planning they began to sing at their home Church and other churches in the area. They shared with their audiences a traditional type of "mountain music" which gave rise to the name they chose for their group -- Primitive Quartet. Some call their genre "shape note" music. They accompany themselves with a variety of instruments which include a mandolin, a banjo, a violin (fiddle), guitars and an acoustic bass.
It should here be stated that from the very beginning of the Primitive Quartet's existence their goals and desires were, and have continued to be, to glorify their Lord, lead souls to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, and to encourage Christians to walk closely with God.
If you are fortunate enough to hear them sing in person you'll find that it is the same sound that you hear on their recordings. They accompany themselves with their own instruments as they record in the studios and as they sing on stage.
The Primitive Quartet, based in Candler, North Carolina, can be seen and heard in many appearances across the United States. They travel close to fifty thousand miles each year singing in approximately 150 concerts. They can also be seen and heard on cruise ships these days.
There are three brothers who sing with the group -- Reagan, Larry and Michael Riddle. Three additional men complete this ensemble, Randy Fox, Norman Wilson and Jeff Tolbert. Their home base is in Candler, North Carolina.
The group has recorded numerous CDs and DVDs, and publish other musical products. He Included Me, is the title song on their latest CD and is featured in this article. The song was written by the late Charles Jackson, author of a number of other tunes recorded by the Primitive Quartet and additional Southern Gospel groups.
When searching for songs to be featured on their new album, they gave much consideration to a "demo CD" sent to them by Jackson. It contained several of his later creations. One evening, following a concert, Norman Wilson reminded the group of the Jackson demo CD and they once again listened to it and chose from it He Included Me. They recorded it about a year later. Randy Fox said, "We loved the song and the more we heard it played we became convinced that it would work for us."
He Included Meby Charles Jackson Verse One
Lets turn our eyes toward the sky, the Lord is coming soon.
We'll celebrate on that great day, for thats our honeymoon.
But if I close my eyes in death before that time arrives,
I'll be gone to my new home up there with God alive.
(Chorus)He included me, yes He included me.
When He hung between the earth and sky, He included me.
For Jesus said it's finished, I give myself for thee,
How precious is the love of God, for He included me.
Verse TwoIt won't be long, its gotta be soon and it could be today.
If you don't believe, it don't change a thing, He's coming anyway.
For Jesus said, I'll raise the dead, thats the way its gonna be,
It makes me shout for there's no doubt that He included me. Verse Three
O won't that be a happy day when we all get home?
We just can't wait to celebrate all around God's throne.
The Father, Son and Holy Ghost will bid us welcome in;
We're brothers, sisters in the Lord, so that makes us kin.