Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Behind the Songs : Jeff Tolbert from The Primitive Quartet!

Hello Everybody!

How are you all doing this evening?  I am really enjoying getting to know more about these artists and their families, favorite songs, etc.  Today, I want to take the time to tell you a little bit about Jeff Tolbert who is a part of The Primitive Quartet!


"Thank you for visiting us today. The Primitive Quartet has been traveling and singing gospel music fourty years, and we count it a joy and privilege to spread the gospel through song. Our ultimate goal is to see saints blessed and encouraged to have a closer walk with God and to help lead souls to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  Our quartet was formed as a result of a fishing trip when we sat around the campfire at night and sang. We realized that we had four-part harmony, and from there we started singing at our home church and other local churches. Today we travel approximately fifty thousand miles a year and do about one hundred fifty dates annually. Our music is the traditional mountain shape note style singing accompanied by acoustical instruments including the mandolin, banjo, fiddle, guitars and acoustic bass. We play our own music on all our recordings and strive to duplicate the same sound on all our personal appearances.  We would like to thank all of you who have supported us through the years by purchasing our products and attending our concerts. Without you, we could not be full-time servants. We also want to say, "Thank you" to all the DJ's who have played our music on the radio and the television hosts who have used our videos on your programs."


  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.  My name is Jeff Tolbert. I was born in a small town called Mt. Airy NC. Lots of folks like to call it Mayberry since being Andy Griffith’s hometown to. I was raised in a Godly Christian home. My parents are Troy and Phyllis Tolbert. In our family, church and music has alway been very special growing up. I sang with my dad at a early age, and began playing several different instrument as I grew older. I’ve been very blessed to be apart of many gospel groups, such as The Easter Brother, Jeff & Sheri Easter, The Lewis Family, The Isaacs and even performed with Ricky Skaggs in the late 90s. For the last 18 years I have been a member of The Primitive Quartet, playing fiddle, banjo and mandolin. I sing lead on several songs and harmony as well. In 2000 I met my wife Shaytonya Tolbert and we have a son BrileyTolbert and a baby girl on the way in August of this year. God has blessed me so much and I am very thankful for my little family. Being apart of the Primitive has allowed me sing a lot of wonderful songs and to grow spiritually in my walk with the Lord. What an honor it is to sing gospel music and to travel with such Godly men. 
  2. What is your favorite song/s performed/written?  There are many songs that come to mind. Songs out of the bible that have the anointing on them are my favorite. Some people love the music or just the beat of a songs. And that’s ok. I love music to. But a song that brings conviction and draws us to the Lord are my favorite. You can’t beat songs about prayer, hope and love and especially the blood, our savior shed for you and me. God has given our group many great songs through the years by the pen of Reagan Riddle. I think it’s a special gift that God has given him to write these songs. What an honor to be able to lead some of these songs he has written. A favorite song that we do is Empty Me Lord. I love singing this song. Truly if we humble and empty ourselves, we can draw close to Lord. That is by turning to him and seeking and praying for his will in our lives. God wants to work in our lives but we have to be willing. Remember it’s not about us It’s about him. 
  3. Tell us a little bit about your favorite song.  Reagan wrote a song about his granddaughter. No Longer An Orphan They adopted her from Russia. She had nothing when she came. But the family prepared for her and gave her love that she had never known. Reagan began to think of what our Lord has went to prepare for us as his children. That blesses me. I’m thankful he adopted me one day.
Wow!  Thank you so much for giving us a portion of your time, Jeff!  I have truly enjoyed learning a little bit more about you, your family, and the people you sing with.  Head on over and check out the Primitive Quartet website to learn a little more about the group members, find out when they're around you, etc.  You won't regret it!

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