Coleman (born June 24, 1956) is an American Chicago blues
guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He was voted one of the top 50 bluesmen
in the world by Guitar World magazine. Coleman has released five solo albums
to date, and variously worked with James Cotton,
Junior Wells, John Primer and Malik
Coleman was born in Chicago, Illinois, United States. He began his musical
career at a young age, playing alongside his father, Cleother 'Baldhead
Pete' Williams. As a teenager he played with the Top 40 showband, Midnight
Sun, and played the blues with Aron Burton and Johnny Dollar in Chicago's
North Side. In 1975 he became a full-time professional musician, and toured
Europe with Eddy Clearwater four years
later. This led him directly to work for James
Cotton, and Coleman remained in his band for a period of almost ten
years. Coleman backed Cotton on his Alligator Records album, Live From
Chicago Mr Superharp Himself, and in total completed three albums with
During the 1980s, Coleman backed Junior Wells, Buster Benton, and
Jimmy Dawkins, and also worked with Syl
Johnson, before embarking on a solo career in the early 1990s. His work was
not without controversy, as in his 1987 song, 'Woman Loves a Woman', he
confessed he was in love with a woman, but then stated 'She's in love with a
woman too'. Coleman formed the Backbreakers as his backing ensemble in 1991.
The European record label, Wolf Records, issued Coleman's Shake Your Booty
His debut US release was Do Your Thing!, issued by Delmark Records in 2000.
It featured a mixture of material encompassing blues, soul and funk, with
cover versions of songs previously recorded by
Jimmy Reed, Otis Redding and Isaac
Hayes. It was noted that the quality of his guitar playing, compensated
for a lightweight vocal accompaniment.
In 2006, Coleman led a string of Delmark rostered musicians on the Blues
Brunch at the Mart album.
However a combination of his weight and diabetes severely affected his
health, and his doctor advised a new lifestyle which saw Coleman lose 150
pounds. On the 2010 Chicago Blues Tour, Coleman performed at Rosa's Lounge