Chicago didn’t give birth the blues. But the genre metamorphosed there. The king of electric post-war Chicago blues was slide guitarist Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield, 1915-83). Filmed in 1981, “Live At Chicagofest” (Shout! Factory) shows him as down-home regal but aging.
Sunday’s lineup was again packed with rockers: The Band, Joe Cocker, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Ten Years After, Johnny Winter, and Jimi Hendrix. Attendance estimates kept rising, and the state police figure was 450,000, while others rounded it off to an even half-million.
Susan Tedeschi and Rory Block offer LPs, Tina and Nina get a little love on reissue projects, plus Beyoncé sizzles as Etta