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Passings: Mark Selby, Singer and Songwriter For Dixie Chicks, Kenny Wayne Shepherd

by VVN Music

Mark Selby, a recording artist and songwriter whose compositions included the Dixie Chicks' "That's Your Trouble" and Kenny Wayne Shepherd's "Deja Vudu" and "Blue on Black", has died after battling cancer at the age of 56.

Shepherd wrote:

Yesterday we lost one of the most talented guitarist/songwriters I've ever known. Mark Selby was one of the most genuine people you could ever hope to meet. He and I, along with his wonderful wife Tia have walked arm and arm down our musical paths together. They have been my most trusted collaborators over the past 25 years. I will forever miss Mark but am forever grateful for having the opportunity to know and create music with such a great man. Fly on my brother.

Born in Oklahoma, Selby later moved to Kansas where he attended Fort Hays State University for music composition and classical guitar. His early music career included a time with the Kansas Arts Commission Touring Artist Program.

As a songwriter, Mark and his wife Tia Sellers wrote three major hits with blues-rock artist Kenny Wayne Shepherd, "Deja Voodoo" (1995 / #9 Rock), "Slow Ride" (1997 / #3 Rock) and "Blue on Black" (1998 / #78 Pop / #1 Rock).  "Blue on Black" went on to become Billboard's number 1 rock hit for the year after staying at the top for seventeen weeks.

That same year (1998), Selby and Sillers helped launch the career of the Dixie Chicks with their first major hit, "There's Your Trouble" (1998 / #36 Pop / #1 Country / #26 U.K.).  Among there other songs were "Barbed Wire and Roses" by Pinmonkey (2002 / #25 Country) and "A Joyful Noise" by Jo Dee Messina (2003 / #16 Country).

As a recording artist, Selby released nine albums along with two compilations including his 1984 debut, One Way Ticket, 1990's Wheatfield Boogie with his group The Sluggers, and 2013's Blue Highway.

Mark had also shared the stage with the likes of B.B. King, John Fogerty, Jeff Beck and Robert Cray.

Shepherd is survived by his wife Tia.