Dirt

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Mark Selby makes a powerful statement with his second solo album, coming across like a rootsier Marc Cohn, with more emphasis on the blues. Best known for the songs he's penned (with his wife, Tia Sillers) for the Dixie Chicks, Wynonna, and Trisha Yearwood, Selby puts a gripping, individual stamp on everything he touches here, from meditative explorations of the heart to sizzling petitions to the lovelorn. The Memphis Horns' Wayne Jackson sits in on trumpet and trombone, and guest keyboardists Dan Dugmore and Reese Wynans -- the latter best known for his exemplary work with Stevie Ray Vaughan -- flesh out the sound with soulful commentaries, but Selby's formidable rock ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Mark Selby makes a powerful statement with his second solo album, coming across like a rootsier Marc Cohn, with more emphasis on the blues. Best known for the songs he's penned (with his wife, Tia Sillers) for the Dixie Chicks, Wynonna, and Trisha Yearwood, Selby puts a gripping, individual stamp on everything he touches here, from meditative explorations of the heart to sizzling petitions to the lovelorn. The Memphis Horns' Wayne Jackson sits in on trumpet and trombone, and guest keyboardists Dan Dugmore and Reese Wynans -- the latter best known for his exemplary work with Stevie Ray Vaughan -- flesh out the sound with soulful commentaries, but Selby's formidable rock band needs no help raising the roof or burning down the house. The red-hot "One Man" echoes vintage Stones in its razor-sharp guitar attack, gospel-shouting female backup vocals, and Selby's sly, Jagger-like incarnation of a man who can't do enough to please a high-maintenance gal. The mesmerizing, shifting textures of the title track rise from a whisper to a scream and back to sotto voce, a perfect musical complement for a lyric about pushing forward instead of settling into a comfort zone. "Back Door to My Heart," a moody invitation from a bruised man to his new lover, gets its ballast from a rich, ever-shifting arrangement that evokes Van Morrison, the Band, and Curtis Mayfield all at once. Dirt may be piled high with obvious musical reference points, but Selby reconfigures these into something memorable and durable.
All Music Guide - Robert L. Doerschuk
Broadening his sound and deepening his lyrics, Selby moves beyond the bluesy orientation of his first album with this strong sophomore effort. Several tracks reflect the influence of assorted other artists, but rather than being derivative, these performances are nods of appreciation from an artist whose own sound is already establishing itself. More than most of his peers, Selby gives a good amount of space to his playing; "Back Door to My Heart" is written along a Hendrix harmonic concept, with a juicy solo showing that Selby is no stranger to slide guitar. The soul of his art, however, is his writing, which addresses issues of everyday life with a rare vernacular eloquence. His spoken introduction to "Easier to Lie" uses plain language to set up a story of a relationship stripped to its stark essentials; it also carries the narrative into a melody on the last line of the verse that climbs painfully and movingly toward the chorus. Elsewhere, as on the title cut, Selby turns a deft phrase, going from an evocation of the mythic American ties to both dirt and sky -- a WPA mural in sound -- to a fatalistic reminder that "I'm gonna be dirt someday." From intimate confession to heroic speculation, Selby covers a lot of bases on Dirt, and demands greater recognition in the front ranks of Nashville singer/songwriters.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/28/2003
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707971829
  • Catalog Number: 79718
  • Sales rank: 201,200

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Reason Enough (4:33)
  2. 2 Back Door to My Heart (4:01)
  3. 3 Willin' to Burn (4:33)
  4. 4 If the World Was Mine (3:44)
  5. 5 Moon Over My Shoulder (4:33)
  6. 6 One Man (3:29)
  7. 7 You (3:43)
  8. 8 Desire (4:18)
  9. 9 Easier to Lie (4:32)
  10. 10 Unforgiven (4:24)
  11. 11 Dirt (5:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark Selby Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Slide Guitar
The White Brothers Maracas
Kieran Kane Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Richard Bennett Electric Guitar
Mike Brignardello Bass
Chad Cromwell Percussion, Drums, Anvil
Dan Dugmore Electric Guitar
Thomas Flora Vocal Harmony
Vicki Hampton Vocal Harmony
Wayne Jackson Trombone, Trumpet
Brent Maher Percussion
Doug Moffet Saxophone
Bobby Ogdin Keyboards
Alison Prestwood Bass
Reese Wynans Organ, Hammond Organ
Tim Lauer Piano, Keyboards
Bobby Ogoin Keyboards
Tia Sillers Whisper
Technical Credits
Ken Love Mastering
Brent Maher Producer, Engineer
Buddy Jackson Art Direction
Karinne Caulkins Art Direction
Philip Scoggins Engineer
Mark Selby Producer
Amy L. VonHolzhausen Creative Services Coordinator
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