One of Music City’s most beloved songwriters has passed away after a battle with cancer, Nashville Songwriters Association International confirms. Mark Selby, also known for his soulful vocals and incredible guitar skills, died Monday, September 18.
Selby is credited with co-writing numerous songs with blues-rock artist Kenny Wayne Shepherd including the No. 1 single “Blue on Black.” The song was named Billboard magazine rock track year in 1998.
But, Selby is perhaps best known for co-writing “There’s Your Trouble” with his wife, Tia Sellers, a song that won the Dixie Chicks their first Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1999. “There’s Your Trouble” was the second release from the Dixie Chicks’ debut country album, Wide Open Spaces, and became the band’s first of many chart-topping singles.
In an interview last year, Selby and Sellers shared that Reba McEntire and Wynonna Judd were among the artists who recorded “There’s Your Trouble” before it landed in the lap of the Dixie Chicks. The track never made it onto a Reba or Wynonna album, but instead became a signature Dixie Chicks song.
In addition to having more than 20 hit singles to his credit, Selby also toured or recorded as a guitarist with artists such B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Kenny Rogers, Wynonna, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and more.
Our prayers are with Mark Selby’s family.
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