Growing up in East Tennessee, Wallace Coleman was captivated by the sounds he heard late at night from Nashville's WLAC. It was on WLAC that Coleman first heard his greatest musical influences: Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters. Coleman left Tennessee in 1956 to find work in Cleveland. He began playing professionally with Cleveland's Guitar Slim and caught the ear of audience member Robert "Jr." Lockwood, joining his band in 1987. Still based in Cleveland, Wallace has been leading his own band since 1997.