Later in his career, August 1981 to be exact, Muddy Waters headlined two nights at ChicagoFest, showing his faithful fans one more time why he was, indeed, the undisputed King of Chicago Blues.
Live at ChicagoFest gets off to a roaring start with one of Waters’ biggest hits, “Mannish Boy.” Following a trio of covers, Waters works through his own gem “Trouble No More,” followed by the downbeat “They Call Me Muddy Waters,” complete with a slide guitar solo that, to this point, highlights the show.
Johnny Winters joins the festivities for a number of tracks, including “Going Down Slow,” “She’s Nineteen Years Old,” and “Five Long Years.” Eventually, Waters brings the show to a close with a passionate “Got My Mojo Working.”
Waters would survive just another 20 months after this festival, making this DVD one of the final chances to see one of the world’s foremost masters of the blues in action at the very top of his game.
Live at ChicagoFest is out now on Shout! Factory.