Bible Belt Blues' 2nd Album Bridges The Gap Between Classic Hymns And Contemporary Worship Music
Award Winning Christian Music Addresses Sin, Repentance, and Salvation
GULFPORT, Miss.: With the release of Bible Belt Blues' 2nd album, "My God, My God" on June 1st 2019, Harold and Paula Vega Vondenstein attempt to do the near impossible: to craft an album that could literally change the direction of Christian music as we know it today. Seeking to become a game changer in the field of Christian music, "My God, My God" is brimming with full-fledged repentance songs including special effects that can cross over genres, invitation songs with belting vocals, its signature wailing harmonica, and deep theological truths captured into songs where the listener actually gets it, memorizes it, owns it, and lives it.
Paula Vega Vondenstein, lyricist for all of Bible Belt Blues' songs, approaches her lyric writing from an evangelical and theological standpoint. After much scripture study, Paula crafts the lyrics first before her husband, Harold, creates the music after praying to the Holy Spirit. Paula strives to recapture doctrinal truths that have somehow been lost in the shuffle when churches transitioned from traditional services with hymns to contemporary services with songs that have been crafted first and foremost for commercial success. "It's the lyrics that make a song Christian; the bolder the better; soft and fluffy lyrics do not win souls for Christ," says Paula.
Everything about Bible Belt Blues is counter-culture: from the crafting of their bold, biblically sound lyrics that address sin, repentance, and salvation, to the recapturing of a musical genre that many say is a dying art form- early Mississippi blues. After intensive study of the history of Mississippi's blues, the Vondensteins discovered the hauntingly beautiful D & E minor chords of Bentonia blues that lend themselves so perfectly to full-fledged repentance songs that are so lacking in churches these days. Free flowing lyrics with a slower blues style allow for a fuller expression of the vocals with the lyrics in the forefront without being overpowered by the music. It was a match made in heaven and Bible Belt Blues was officially launched in September of 2018.
This has been an amazing year for the Vondensteins with the release of two Christian albums since January of 2019, "I'm Not Ashamed to Be a Christian" and "My God, My God," to winning the coveted Josie Music Award for Gospel/ Christian Duo. Eleven of their songs have already received radio airplay thanks to Bill and Kat Radio's Cross 104 Gospel Blues Hour Syndicated Program resulting in numerous placements on the Roots Music Report.