Mark Selby (musician)

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Mark Otis Selby (born in Enid, Oklahoma[1]) is an American blues rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He is a solo artist, signed to ZYX Records in Europe, and one half of performing duo with his wife, songwriter Tia Sillers. He also plays guitar in recording sessions for musical artists such as Kenny Rogers, Johnny Reid, Keni Thomas, Jimmy Hall and Wynonna Judd.

Selby is perhaps best known for the number of songs that he co-wrote with the blues-rock artist Kenny Wayne Shepherd which includes the number one single "Blue on Black". This song was also Billboard Magazine rock track of the year in 1998. Selby also collaborated with Sillers on the number one song "There's Your Trouble" which was recorded by the Dixie Chicks and won the band their first Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1999.

Selby has released four solo albums thus far. The first two projects, More Storms Comin' and Dirt were on Vanguard Records. After signing with ZYX in Merenberg, Germany, he released his third CD, "And The Horse You Rode In On". This CD, which is all acoustic, features Selby's 1974 Winfield, Kansas made, Mossman guitar and spurred a broad audience in Germany and Switzerland. His most recent project, Nine Pound Hammer, was released in 2008. He has worked with the Grammy winning record producer Brent Maher on all of his projects.

Besides the Mossman, he plays a modified 1990s Fender Relic Nocaster, a Fender Rory Gallagher Fender Stratocaster, and a 1944 Gibson J-45. As for amplifiers, he describes himself as "a Fender guy."[2]


When asked to describe some of his influences, he notes, "When I was younger, I really got into an Eric Clapton anthology that had a cross selection of songs he was well known for, and some spontaneous jams with Jimmy Page and Muddy Waters. There was so much emotion and a big slice of life in those songs performed by the old blues players . . . Billy Gibbons was also a very big influence -- He had a great way of synthesizing a lot of great styles and making it his own."[3]>


2013 Blue Highway
2009 Live at Rockpalast - One Night In Bonn (CD/DVD)
2008 Nine Pound Hammer
2006 Mark Otis Selby . . . And The Horse He Rode In On
2003 Dirt
2000 More Storms Comin'

Compilation Albums
2007 Mark Selby's Nashville Picks! Vol.1
2001 Avalon Blues: A Tribute To The Music Of Mississippi John Hurt

Singles Written By Selby[edit]

Year Title Artist(s)
1995 "Deja Voodoo" Kenny Wayne Shepherd
1997 "Slow Ride"
"Somewhere, Somehow, Someway"
"Blue on Black"
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
1998 "There's Your Trouble" The Dixie Chicks
2000 "She's Like Mercury"

"Last Goodbye"

Mark Selby

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

2001 "I Cry"


Tammy Cochran

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

2002 "Barbed Wire and Roses" Pinmonkey
2003 "Back Door To My Heart" Mark Selby


  1. ^ Maher, Dianna. Mark Selby Biography, Nashville: Moraine Music Group, 2006.
  2. ^ Heidt, John (December 2008). "Mark Selby, Triple-Crown Winner". Vintage Guitar Magazine 23 (2): 28. 
  3. ^ Wilson David (ed.) (2008). "Mark Otis Selby", The Tone Quest Report, Volume 9, Number 4, February 2008, pp. 1-9.

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