Norman Wilson passes

norman_wilsonNorman Wilson, mandolinist and tenor vocalist with Primitive Quartet, died yesterday while hunting with friends in North Carolina. It is presumed that he had a heart attack, and he died in the woods. He was 70 years old.

On October 15 at roughly 2:30 p.m., Norman was with a group of friends hunting bear in Graham County. The group had treed a bear, and were discussing who would shoot it. Wilson told the group that he wanted the shot to go to his pastor, Chad Edwards, as he had never shot a bear before. According to those at the scene, no sooner had he uttered those words, he fell over dead.

The Primitive Quartet has been popular at festivals and church events for their bluegrass Gospel music, and Norman had many friends among bluegrass artists and fans who mourn his passing.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized, nor any possible adjustments to the Quartet’s touring schedule.

R.I.P., Normal Wilson.

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