By Kate Coleman
In planning this year's Western Maryland Blues Fest organizers decided to keep the same format as the 1996 premiere. One change they wanted to make was to include more women performers, said Carl Disque, festival founder and chairman.
Rory Block will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, June 6, at Hagerstown Junior College's Kepler Theater. Her Blues Fest performance will be presented in conjunction with Mountain Green Concerts.
Block is hardly on the program just because she's female. She comes with a unique perspective, and she comes with credentials. Block was named winner of the 1996 W.C. Handy Award - a Grammy equivalent in the blues world - for Best Acoustic Blues Album of the year for "When a Woman Gets the Blues." She was honored again last month with the '97 W.C. Handy Award for Best Female Traditional Blues Artist.