Michael Coleman & The Backbreakers

Michael Coleman & The Backbreakers

 Chicago, Illinois, USA

Michael Coleman, a child of the 70's funk era from a family of blues musicians, high energy, funky, flamboyant and fun! Top notch performer with 40 years of power behind a mere guitar.


Voted one of the top 50 bluesmen in the world
by Guitar World Magazine, and certainly one of Chicago’s hottest guitar slingers, Michael Coleman brings his funky twist to the blues.

A gift discovered at 4 years of age by his mother, at 8 he was performing with his father Cleo Williams; at 13 with the top 40 band Midnight Sun during the afternoon and with Johnny Dollar and Aaron Burton at night; at 14 with Johnny Christian; at 21 on the road with Muddy Waters; and at 22 touring Europe with Eddy Clearwater. In 1979 at the age of 23, Michael began his ten year tenure with The James Cotton Band.

Since 1991, with the Backbreakers backing, Michael has opened for such greats as B.B. King, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, John Lee Hooker, and Luther Allison, to name just a few.

With 16 albums of his own, and having arranged some of the top blues hits and albums in the world, Michael brings a lifetime of experience to his professional, high, energy, funky, bluesy, crowd-involved show.
Don't think lump-de-lump, think danceable funk!


The New Blue Bloods, 1985, Alligator Records
Back Breaking Blues: Chicago Blues Sessions vol. 1, 1990 Wolf
Chicago Blues festival 91 (M.Coleman & Pr. Eddie Lusk) 1993 Black & Blue
Self Rising Blues, 1995 SAAR
Shake Your Booty, 1995 Wolf
You Can't Take What I Got, 1997 SAAR
Do Your Thing!, 2000 Delmark
Michael Coleman & The Delmark All-stars, 2006 Delmark
Funky Situation Live, 2002
Funky Situation Live 2, 2008
May I Have a Chance With You, 2012


Honest I Do, Jerry Tyrone, 1980 single song album
Ms. Fine Brown Frame, Syl Johnson 1983 all songs
High Compression, James cotton 1984 Alligator all songs
Live from Chicago Mr. Superharp Himself, James Cotton 1986 Alligator all songs
New Bluebloods, compilation 1987 Alligator Woman Loves a Woman
Harp Attack! James Cotton 1990 Alligator all songs
Poor Man Blues, John Primer 1995 selected songs
Celebration of Blues: Great Piano & Harp 1996 compilation wolf
The Ramble, Blue Chicago 1997 Blue Chicago records, Foolin' Around, Little Girl
Blues Harp Power, Wolf 1997 compilation
Story of Black & Blue 1976-1988, compilation 1997 Black & Blue Call My Job
Dark End of The Street, Artie Bluesboy white 1997 selected songs
Blues Power Vol. 1, Wolf compilation 1998
Thinking Out Loud, Angela brown 1998 Bluesside (UK) selected songs
I'm In The Business, Sam cockrell 1999
Sitting In With The Greats, compilation 2001,ultimatebluestool.com
Color Blind, Sam Cockrell 2001 selected songs
Whip It On U, Lee Morris 2001 selected songs da man records
Long Tall Sally, Joanbaby 2002 princessrecords.com selected songs
Wolf Records 20th Anniversary, compilation 2003 Wolf
Costra Nostra, Country Boy 2003 Country Boy Records
Cuttin' Heads, Lurrie Bell Isabel Records 2004 selected songs
Blues Guitar Killers 2005 Wolf Records
The Black Hand Mob, Country Boy, Country Boy Records 2006 guitar & bass