Born and Raised is the Delmark debut of one of Chicago’s best new voices, vocalist and harmonica ace Omar Coleman. This is modern, funky blues at its best, with killer vocals and musicianship and witty songwriting. This young charismatic singer/songwriter oozes deep soul (his main musical heroes are Bobby Rush and Junior Wells)
The music of Omar Coleman, like Chicago itself, contains multitudes. Rooted in the blues, spiked with R&B urgency, and resonant with deep-soul passion, it both moves the heart and galvanizes the feet –“grown folks’ music,” as they say, but brimming with the enthusiasm, fire, and dedication of a young man making his mark on the world.
Omar’s all-star Chicago blues band consists of veteran drummer Marty Binder (Alert Collins, Coco Montoya, Dave Specter), deep-in-the-groove bassist Ari Seder, funky organist/pianist Neal O’Hara (Mississippi Heat), and standout guitarist Pete Galanis (a regular with Omar at Rosa’s Lounge).
The stories his songs tell are drawn from real life, rich with affirming humanity. Fourteen original songs, most either written or co-written by Omar, include “I Was A Fool” and “Wishing Well” with guest Mile Wheeler, “Man Like Me” and “You’ve Got A Hold On Me” with guest Toronzo Cannon, “Tell Me What You Want” and “Slow Down Baby” with guest Dave Herrero, “One Request,” “Sit Down Baby” and “Very Lucky Man.”