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Mountain FaithGospel sounds at SMCPA Sept. 13

The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will ring with heavenly sounds as it welcomes two well known Southern gospel music groups, Primitive Quartet and Mountain Faith, on Friday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 each.

Forty years ago, a group of men on a fishing trip at Fontana Lake found they had a pleasing, four-part harmony as they sang around the campfire. They soon began performing at local churches before taking their show on the road. Today, Primitive Quartet performs approximately 150 shows a year. They back their soulful harmony with the sounds of acoustical instruments such as the mandolin, banjo, fiddle, guitar, and acoustic bass. Founding members, Reagan and Larry Riddle and Norman Wilson, are joined by Randy Fox, Michael Riddle (Reagan and Larry’s brother), and Jeff Tolbert to make up the Primitive Quartet. The group is based out of Candler.

Primitive QuartetJoining the Primitive Quartet will be Mountain Faith out of Sylva. Sam McMahan, his children, Summer Brooke and Brayden, and his nephew, Josh Morgan, have been performing together for many years. They recently welcomed Dustin Norris and Jesse Gregory to the group. Together, they travel most every weekend to events all across the United States. They have performed at venues such as Dollywood and Silver Dollar City, at multiple festivals and private events, and have appeared on the award-winning Great American Gospel show. Their stellar sound is backed by rhythm guitar, fiddle, banjo, bass, mandolin, and more. Their music is a mix of both gospel and bluegrass and their passion is spreading the word through music.

To purchase tickets to any performance at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, to get more information, or to see a schedule of coming events, go to or call 866.273.4615.

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