Like old relatives returning home for an annual visit, Southern Gospel Music standouts, the Booth Brothers, make their way back to Hempstead Hall for third time in four years tomorrow night; this time, they will be be bringing some friends along as Ernie Haase & Signature Sound join them for a combination show starting at 7 p.m.

Like old relatives returning home for an annual visit, Southern Gospel Music standouts, the Booth Brothers, make their way back to Hempstead Hall for third time in four years tomorrow night; this time, they will be be bringing some friends along as Ernie Haase & Signature Sound join them for a combination show starting at 7 p.m.
In speaking with the Hope Star by phone late Monday afternoon from Nashville, Paul Lancaster says “We are excited to get back on the road; we are glad to kick off our 2018 tour in Hope because it is always good to perform there.  We are looking forward to having a great time there again.”
This year’s Hope performance kicks off another national tour of over 110 dates for the Booth Brothers, which starts a Western states swing that includes Houston, Tyler, and Fort Worth.
Lancaster himself was just months in joining the Booth Brothers as the newest member of the famed trio, when they appeared at Hempstead Hall in March 2015, and the group also appeared in Hope in December 2016 as part of another combination show, A Jubilee Christmas, with Greater Vision and Legacy Five.
As time as passed, the Booth Brothers have continued recording and producing their signature Southern Gospel music. Lancaster said they were finishing up a recording in Nashville prior to coming to Hope.
“There’s been a lot of new music since we were last there in 2015; we’ve recorded two CDs and DVDs so we have plenty of new songs in our catalog to share.  We will still perform our classics and fan favorites, too,” Lancaster said.
Ronnie Booth, Michael Booth, and Lancaster, performing as a trio, have earned numerous awards in the Southern Gospel genre over the years including Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Trio of the Year, Favorite Artist of the Year among many others.
Lancaster said, “It is about enjoying what you do, having fun doing it, and for me personally, it is about a calling to sing for our Savior.”
In addition to singing their hits, the Booth Brothers will bring their stage presence, audience engagement and sense of humor to the show.
“We are all about singing the message and offering hope and encouragement, but we are also about having a good time doing it and bringing some smiles to people’s faces,” he said.
Although Nashville implies a strong County influence in their Southern Gospel music, Lancaster likes to describe it as 1970s-style harmony.
“There is a lot of Country influences to be sure, but I think of it more as a harmony group, much like 1970s America, the Gatlins or the Eagles or the Oak Ridge Boys.”
In their December 2016 Jubilee appearance in Hope, the Booth Brothers performed the Oak Ridge Boys’ Christmas standard “Little One” as well as Ronnie Booth rendition of “Christmas Song.”
The opening of Thursday’s scheduled two-hour show will start with sets from each group, and then after a 15-minute intermission, both will appear and perform on stage together for the second half of the show, according to Lancaster.
Hempstead Hall Director Dolly Henley said, “These are good shows for us. Southern Gospel remains a popular draw around here, and this will be be first time we’ve had Ernie Haase & Signature Sound at Hempstead Hall.”
As the Hope Star’s Wednesday edition was preparing for deadline Tuesday evening, Henley said that “plenty of good tickets are still available.” with price ranges between $20, $25, and $30.
The Booth Brothers appearance Thursday night marks a continuing influx of Southern Gospel and Contemporary Christian acts that have been at Hempstead Hall over the past couple of years.
The Kingdom Heirs, Greater Vision, Legacy Five, Jason Crabb, Triumphant, and Point of Grace have all delivered stellar performances in Hope as well as most recently, David Phelps, who’s name Lancaster reacted to right away.
“David Phelps is an amazing talent with amazing voice; it is kind of like, there is the rest of us who sing, and then, there is David Phelps,” Lancaster said.
Of course, Lancaster was readily familiar with all the recent Southern Gospel and Contemporary Christian acts, saying “If you are in this business, then you are a fan of music, all types of music. Many of us are friends, who have either traveled together performed together, or seen each other along the way. These are all talented and gifted artists with great songs, and I am a big fan of all them.”