Video of the Day: “Any Other Man” (Ernie Haase and Signature Sound)

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound is predictably unpredictable. They won’t record the same album twice in a row.

It has been three and a half years since their last album of new songs; they have a new album, Here We Are Again, releasingΒ in February. A fan just posted this video:

This song, “Any Other Man,” features solos from all four group members. It has the kind of musical energy they need, coming off a long mainline-recording hiatus, and a comparatively subdued album (Dream On) at that. Stylistically, it just might generate discussion. It’s not necessarily “more contemporary,” which is the easy out for anything with a featured electric guitar.Β What, exactly, is it?

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  1. Wow… Now THAT’S the EHSS from the “Get Away Jordan” era! “Southern Gospel” with a kick, is what I’d call it.

    Listening to it, it sounds like a Third Day song, sung by a quartet instead of Third Day.

    • And by “Get Away Jordan era EHSS,” I mean that they’ve gone back to that sort of energy and creativity. Compared to that, “Dream On” was almost sleepy. (Pun sort of intended)

      • I loved the pun! πŸ™‚ I agree; the energy is back.

  2. I was really hoping you would see this video. Personally, I LOVE IT! However, I could see a lot of people not liking it because it’s not “true SG.”

    • What is “true SG”?

      And, perhaps as importantly, does “true SG” today = “true SG” 30 years ago? 50 years ago?

      Go back to the ’70s, and many of today’s most popular SG groups would not have been considered SG.

      • Very good point. I was just saying that I think people will say “this is rock music, not SG.”

        Like I already said, I LOVE IT!

      • Yes, there certainly might be people saying that.

  3. As an FYI, Ernie Haase co-wrote this song along with Wayne Haun and Joel Lindsey.

  4. It certainly gives us a hint as to what they have on their ipods.

  5. As to the genre… without a doubt, southern rock.

    • Is Third Day southern rock? In other words, are you agreeing or disagreeing with Aaron?

      • That is how people generally categorize Third Day, so yes.

      • However, the difference is that EHSS can sing.

      • Hey, these comments aren’t showing up for some reason…

      • I was out for the evening; there is actually an occasional evening when I am away from the computer!

      • Ah. Well thank you for rescuing them. πŸ˜‰

      • Ouch, but funny! I’ve heard Mac Powell’s voice, and wondered how on earth Third Day got so popular.

      • Diff’rent strokes for diff’rent folks, I guess. Mac Powell is one of my favorite singers! πŸ™‚

      • Wow! I would never have guessed that!

      • Believe it or not, I’ve heard Third Day reference some of their stuff as Southern Rock.

      • I think I’ve heard that, too.

  6. I’m not a big EH&SS fan, but I actually like that a lot. Looking forward to their new CD, but I’m not sold on Ian Owens. To me, he sounded much better with the Imperials and Cumberland Quartet than anything I’ve heard him do with Sig Sound.

    • I think Ian will end up surprising a lot of people with this new CD. πŸ™‚

    • I’m not sure he’s hit his stride yet, either – but at the same time, I’m surely not going to say that he won’t, especially without having heard his first mainline with them!

  7. Sounds like early 80s Imperials.

    • Yes, that comparison did come to mind, too.

  8. For all of us non-Facebookers:

    Nice song. Good message. Crowd seemed to like it. It’s SG with a twist, would you expect anything less from EHSS?

    • Thanks, JSR! I just updated the post with that, since it is more widely accessible.

  9. My verdict so far is that they’re straining too hard to be rocky, not quite themselves. But I think I’ll enjoy the song more when I can hear it better on a CD.

    • It wouldn’t have been quite themselves for the old lineup, with Ryan and Tim. But I think it does fit Devin, and, after all, Ian was with the Imperials.

      • Yeah… and I guess it’s similar to something the modern Imperials would do. But it’s not nearly as good as the 70s/80s Imperials. πŸ˜‰

      • Well, vocally, I’d take EHSS any day.

      • Well, what lineup are you comparing them to? I love Jim Murray and Armond Morales.

      • Does it matter? There’s not one Imperials lineup I’d prefer!

      • The old one was way better than the more recent one. πŸ™‚

      • Depends on how old you’re talking. If you’re talking the original 1964 lineup – OK, I’d have to grant you that point, if through a time-warp I had the opportunity to go see them or go see EHSS, I’d go see them. But that would be the only Imperials lineup of whom I would say that!

      • My favorite lineup was around 1979. I’d say Jim Murray at his peak may have been as good as Ernie in his own way, and Armond was definitely better than Ian. Though on baritone, I would of course give the nod to Doug—the baritone in the Imps lineup I’m thinking of basically just blended in and didn’t particularly stand out. On lead, I grew up hearing Russ Taff, and I think I would prefer that era of Russ to Devin today. So if I regard that as two points for the Imps, a point for EHSS, and a toss-up on tenor, amazingly I end up preferring Imps to EHSS! πŸ™‚

      • On tenor – tossup. Very different styles; I like both. Lead – EHSS, Devin over Russ. Baritone – EHSS, Doug over theirs. Bass – tossup. So EHSS by two. πŸ™‚

      • I think Murray was a better tenor quality-wise, but Haase is more of a “Southern Gospel” high tenor. Murray was better suited I think to MOR, INSPO although I love his smooth voice and he did great on “Walk With Me” which is more SG.

        I would have to vote Taff for lead. Taff’s late seventies and early eighties stuff with the Imps (well the ones I liked) is during one of their best times. Sure, the blend or smoothness weren’t there like the previous versions.

        It is hard to say on Dave Will and Doug. Both are talented and have good sound. To me each beats out the other on certain criteria, but not totally. I would have to go with Armond on the bass although at least at one point Ian seemed to have more cut.

      • Oh, make no mistake, I love Jim Murray’s voice, too. It takes a good tenor for me to call it a toss-up with the tenor who was good enough to get me hooked on Southern Gospel! πŸ™‚

        As to Russ Taff – even though I do have a number of things he recorded then in my collection, sometimes I think I allow what his voice is now to color my view of what his voice was, then. (That would be as unfair as overlaying Ivan Parker’s voice now over my perception of his Gold City work, and I realize that. I simply have to overcome it!)

  10. It had rock infuences maybe, to me it sounds like Ernie is aiming for the Imperials sound of the late 70’s early 80’s. I liked this song a lot!

    • I think that it is indeed a good song. Hopefully that point doesn’t get missed amidst all the musical discussions.

  11. Definite Imps influence. Reminds me of “Water Grave” a little, but I like the lyrics of this new song better.

  12. Sounds like Imperials, aka Russ Taff era. Maybe not Southern Gospel per se, but nontheless, well done.

  13. Daniel, I would have to take issue with you on the Imperials. When Jake Hess left in 1968 and Terry Blackwood and Roger Wiles joined the group, to my ears and musical taste, that is the best blend and vocal performance there has ever been, from any genre! People speak of family blend, but none was better than those four with Joe playing piano. They single handedly ushered in what we now term contemporary Christian.

    • They were very good, but I’d still take EHSS over them, and the original Imperials at the head of the list.

  14. When I played the song for my sister and brother-in-law, they thought it sounded more country than southern rock.

    • It’s amazing what country has become…

  15. Dad and Mom Garms see DCTalk doing this with the smoke and lights and electric guitar dressed in their ripped jeans and designer t-shirts. We were actually waiting for Devin to jump off the stage and “crowd surf”! πŸ™‚

    Sam says, “Rock is taking over SG, and people are liking it!”

    The genre seems to fit late 70s rock very well – the music on the radio Dad and Mom Garms heard while growing up.

    The lyrics were good…but this song style would not appeal to our grandpa.

    Merry Christmas, Everyone!



  16. I was at this concert and you can hear me and several people around me hollaring. This song is awesome and I hope it goes #1 on the charts!! LOVE IT!!

  17. This is totally a southern rocker, for sure. I don’t think most traditional Southern Gospel fans will like this song. Personally, I’m not crazy about it, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like it. The song may grow on me, but I am definitely curious to hear the new album now.

  18. I don’t really care about the genre. It’s just a good song that gorifies God. i think sometimes we get way too hung up on genres. Maybe for charting purposes I guess. I think it’s the best post-Ryan, Tim, Roy song that EHSS has put out. Thanks for posting!!!

  19. Also, let’s compare former EHSS to former Imperials and to me, individually the EHSS lineup of Ernie, Ryan, Doug, Tim, and Roy was pretty hard to beat. Maybe the Funderburk/Trammell version of the CATS or the Penrod/Lowry/Phelps version of GVB. But hey… to me… it’s all GOOD STUFF!!!

  20. I saw them perform this in Dec. 11..Live…this video does NOT do this song justice. The energy and the power of the Holy Spirit was so strong in that room. This was not just a could tell it touched a very personal chord with each of them. It had so much power and conviction that it literally moved people to tears and the message is very powerful. Old and young alike loved it..I think it will become a “signature” song for them.

  21. Actually, just heard this song and realized it pretty much copy’s Little Big Town’s 2005 hit, Boondocks song. It’s way too similar from the opening rift to the unison parts, to the way the bass runs… just my opinion, but seems like they wanted a song like Boondocks and morphed this song into that. I’m not much for copycat songs.

    • Interesting, because that’s one of the rare secular songs I have actually heard; a bluegrass group whose website I run recently did a version. Whether the guitar licks are similar or not, and I don’t doubt you there, there wasn’t enough overall melodic or lyrical resemblance for it to strike me up to this point.

  22. According to Ernie Haase, this song’s style was inspired by hearing Bon Jovi while working out at a fitness center in Australia! Here’s a BTS video on that song.

    • And I’d also like to make it clear that I don’t have the slightest idea who Bon Jovi is lol.