Magazine article Guitar Player

SONGCRAFT Mark Selby

Magazine article Guitar Player

SONGCRAFT Mark Selby

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Although it's difficult to hear it in his music, guitarist Mark Selby studied classical guitar before penning blues and country hits for the likes of Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Trisha Yearwood, and the Dixie Chicks (the latter scoring a #1 single with his "There's Your Trouble"). On his solo debut, More Storms Comin' [Vanguard], Selby offers up swampy blues-rock that showcases his heartfelt playing and singing, as well as his formidable writing chops

"I think it's important to only write in styles you have a love for," says Selby. "Otherwise, you'll sound out of place. I love the blues, but I'm always looking for ways to stretch the form. The song `Don't You Throw That Mojo on Me' is the most straightforward I-IV-V on my record, but I did a lot to keep things interesting. I juggled the chords around so they're not so predictable, and I sang over the bar lines to create tension. I also introduced a new timbre in each section, and went for a big shift in dynamics after the piano solo. …

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