Compact disc promotes blues fest
On the cover of his new compact disc, a picture of Mr. Downchild shows the blues musician strumming away in front of the Elizabeth Hager Center on Public Square in downtown Hagerstown.
The CD, which came out earlier this year, is filled with a collection of live recordings from last year's Western Maryland Blues Fest, which drew 14,000 people to Washington County last summer.
"He's been a real supporter of the festival," said Karen Giffin, a city spokeswoman and organizer of the annual event.
Blues Fest organizers are hoping the CD will help build enthusiasm for the third installment of the festival this summer.
Two years ago, the festival attracted 7,000 people, Giffin said. The number doubled last year.
"We couldn't have asked for anything more," she said.
Giffin and several other event organizers are credited on the back of the CD. Todd Bolton of Smithsburg, who snapped the picture that adorns the cover, said the photograph was one of dozens he took that weekend for his personal use.