Mark Selby is a native of Oklahoma and Kansas now based in Nashville. He has established himself as a triple-threat talent: a gifted songwriter with serious guitar chops and a voice to match.
Songwriter: Selby has written more than 10 top-40 singles and 4 #1 hits, including the Dixie Chicks' Grammy-winning There's Your Trouble and Kenny Wayne Shepherd's Blue On Black -- Billboard magazine's1999 Rock Track of the Year. Wynona, Trisha Yearwood, Lee Roy Parnell & Keb Mo, JoDee Messina and many others have recorded Selby's songs.
Recording Artist: Selby's latest, One Night in Bonn (ZYX, 2009) was recorded 'live' at the legendary German TV concert series Rocpalast. The DVD reached #1 at Amazon in Germany. Nine Pound Hammer (ZYX, 2008) garnered critical raves in Europe and the U.S., as did Selby's albums for Vanguard Records -- More Storms Comin' (2000) and Dirt (2003). Selby contributed to the Grammy-nominated Avalon Blues: A Tribute to Mississippi John Hurt (2001); his single She's Like Mercury was the first charting rock single for the Vanguard label. A solo acoustic CD, Mark Otis Selby...And The Horse He Rode In On was released in 2006. His discography as a session musician includes releases by Wynona, Johnny Reid, Kenny Rogers, Jamie O'Hara and many others.
Live Performer: A virtuoso guitarist and dynamic live artist, Mark Selby has shared the stage with B.B. King, Jeff Beck, John Fogerty, Robert Cray, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Delbert McLinton, John Hiatt, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Collective Soul, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Levon Helm, Junior Brown, and many more. Selby has appeared on notable radio and television music programming
including World Cafe, Mountain Stage, Woodsongs and Rockpalast (Germany), and continues to perform with his stellar backup band, as an acoustic solo artist, and in a duo with his wife and frequent collaborator, Tia Sillers.
“As a singer/songwriter, Mark Selby’s in the same league as Bruce Springsteen, with meaty words, a compelling voice, and tracks that have more groove than a vintage vinyl record."
"An electrifying performer."
"Selby earned his moment in the spotlight with his excellent debut, More Storms Comin'...his exceptional sophomore CD, Dirt, indicates that album was no fluke. No need for bells and whistles here -- the music does the talking."
"Mark Selby makes some of the most soulful noise coming out of Nashville."
"Simply put, 11 tracks of the best rock and roll we'll hear this year..."
MARK SELBY – A gifted guitarist, live performer and hit songwriter, Mark Selby's career is one of unusual depth and diversity. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Selby has written career-defining songs for artists in multiple genres and frequently contributes signature guitar work to 'Music City' recording sessions. As a solo artist he's earned critical acclaim and a devoted international following, carving out an earthy, gritty sound msteeped in blues and rootsy rock.
A native of Oklahoma, Selby earned a degree in guitar and music composition at Fort Hays University in Kansas. He landed a publishing contract soon after moving to Nashville in the 1990's, writing songs for major artists like Wynona Judd, Trisha Yearwood, Lee Roy Parnell and the Dixie Chicks, who scored a Grammy-winning number one hit with "There's Your Trouble," written by Selby and his wife and frequent collaborator Tia Sillers. Selby may be best known for a string of #1 Mainstream Rock singles co-written with blues-rocker Kenny Wayne Shepherd, including "Blue On Black," which topped the chart for a record-setting 17 straight weeks and was named Billboard Magazine's Rock Track of the Year.
In 2000, Selby signed with Vanguard Records as a solo artist. He produced his debut, More Storms Comin', with Brent Maher, setting the template for Selby recordings to come: passionate songwriting, soulful vocals and plenty of searing, toneful guitar work. The album launched the rock radio hit “She’s Like Mercury” and was followed by the critically-acclaimed 2003 release, Dirt, which Rolling Stone called an "exceptional sophomore CD," and Vintage Guitar summed up as "11 of the best tracks of rock and roll we'll hear this year." American Songwriter proclaimed Selby "in the same league as Bruce Springsteen,
with meaty words, a compelling voice, and tracks that have more groove than a vintage vinyl record."
Selby released a solo acoustic album, Mark Otis Selby…and the Horse He Rode In On (2006) for the German ZYX/Pepper Cake label, and returned with his band for Nine Pound Hammer (2008). Most recently, he released a live concert CD and DVD entitled One Night in Bonn (2009), recorded at the legendary German television concert series Rockpalast during his last European tour. 2009 also saw the release of Selby-Mills-LeMaire , featuring Selby with fellow hit songwriters Clay Mills and Sonny LeMaire Touring regularly over the past decade, Mark Selby has performed with everyone from Jeff Beck (2003
European tour) to B.B. King, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Collective Soul, Levon Helm and many others. He returns to Europe in May 2010 with his powerful three-piece blues-rock lineup (featuring Daryl Burgess, drums and 'Chopper' Anderson, bass) for a four-week run of festival and club dates. Upcoming American performances include the Guitar Town festival in Colorado in August 2010, which will feature Selby's band for the sixth straight year.