After years of balancing the demands of day jobs, marriage, and motherhood, Coleman got her first big break in 1993 at a South Carolina blues festival, which eventually led to a five-year association with iconic blues label Blind Pig. There, Coleman honed to a fine point her rock- and R&B-tinged style. On her latest, What About Love (Telarc), Coleman ups the old-school soul/R&B content a bit and dusts her originals with undertones of Little Feat and fabled New Orleans. But she never cuts back on her expressive singing, diamond-sharp guitar-playing, and sleek, no-frills production. Coleman knows the blues, and she sings with such natural assurance that she's never had to resort to posturing as a Big Ballsy Mama to get her point across.