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    Dmitri Resnik , a musician from Chatham County North Carolina, began playing guitar at sixteen. From 1989-2001, Resnik lived in New Orleans where he played and toured with his own band and with some of the best musicians in the city. He moved back to Chatham in 2001 where he continues touring, performing at clubs and festivals, with his band as well as solo. Resnik has six CDs to his credit, on Rusty Nail Records, which have received substantial air-play on Blues stations worldwide.   
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By George Olsen, Public Radio East NC
It Ain’t Rocket Science(1998)
Quit Clownin’ (2000)
Learnin’ My Lessons The Hard Way (2002)
Bootleg Liquor (Live) (2004)
Apparently I’m Still Alive (Solo) (2006)
One Short of A Dozen (2008)
(Available online at Lousiana Music Factory and Amazon)


Celebrating 25+ years playing professionally.

Multiple Real Blues Award Winner.

"I thought blues guitarists were supposed to have names
like Magic Mofo and Guitar Blindbaby. In this case,
Dmitri Resnik will do just fine thank you.....Highly Recommended."
                              - Bob Cianci           The River Reporter


"His raw, southern vocals have a bayou sound mixed with a rich red clay accent that is unique.” 
                              -Milburn Gibbs               The Chatham Record
" Although Dmitri Resnik shares characteristics with Alex Chilton, Tav Falco and Johnny J and the Hitmen, his voice is tougher and his music is much more reckless."
                              -Michael Dominici         Where Y'At Magazine

"It takes guts to start an album with a slow blues instrumental.
It takes talent to make it work. Dmitri Resnik has a full supply of both”.
                             -Art Tipaldi           Blues Revue Magazine

"There are more current generations of artists with strong links to Down Yonder: Larry Garner, Jon Cleary, Willie DeVille, Mem Shannon, Bryan Lee, Tab Benoit, Johnny Pennino, Dmitri Resnik, Walter "Wolfman” Washington, Randy Newman.”
                             - Gary Tate
Real Blues Magazine Awards:

Best New Orleans Blues Guitarist 1999 , 2000
Best Southern Blues Guitarist 2002, 2004
Best New Orleans Blues CD 2000 (Quit Clownin’) &
4th best CD Louisiana 2000 (behind Dr.John, Irma Thomas)
3rd best U.S. Blues Release - 2000
Top 20 Modern Electric Blues Guitarists (no order) 2000
Best Blues Song 2002 Instrumental (Curly Cue)
Best Live Blues CD 2004 (Bootleg Liquor)
Some of the musicians Dmitri has played with through the years:
Willie Cole, Mike Neyrey, Russ Broussard, Gary Reiger, Willie Panker, Mike Cypos, Joe Izzo, Evans Nicholson, Kelly Pace, Nate Stalfa,  Dan Hall, Garth Applegate, Eric Mrozkowski.
Doug Therrien, David Lee Watson, Francesco Lobina, Dave Clements, Jack Carter, Red Devecca,Robbie Tevault, Brad Smith, Anthony Laner,Bobby Kelly,Wells Gordon, Chris Mathios, Ben Palmer.
Harmonica, vocals:
Mark Bancroft, Mel Melton, Lou Hart.
Keyboards, vocals: 
Bob Andrews, Nelson Lunding, Chris Frank.
Keyboards: Clark Stern, Alex Bowers.
Ken Jacobs, Hart McNee, Bill Newton.
Lionel Johnson, Eric Lucero.
David Brooks, Tim Barnes, Stuart Martin, Mike Celestine, Keith Stone, John Dawson.
Timeline (sketch):
1982-Dmitri starts teaching self guitar.Age 16
1983-First electric guitar and amp.
1983-87-Plays in various "bands" practicing in corn crib or garage.Erik Berg on drums. Ocassional non-paying gigs at private parties.Learns through these jams sessions from guitarists David Brooks, Tim Barnes, Stuart Martin and others.
1988-Plays first paying gigs around Chapel Hill fronting his 3 piece band  Johnny Hammerhead and the Sixteen Penny Nails.
1989-Dmitri moves to New Orleans to try to play music there and lands a gig within a few weeks at Boyd's Blues Alley. Doug Therrien- bass, Lou Hart- vocals,harp, Dmitri-guitar, Keith Stone alternating with Mike Celestine- guitar, Boyd -drums.
Joins the Willie Cole Band . Doug Therrien-bass, Willie Cole-drums,vocals, Lionel Johnson-trumpet, John Dawson-guitar, Dmitri-guitar. Band plays 1989 Jazzfest New Orleans and on local TV show Le Bon Ton Roule playing Willie's tunes and well chosen covers including "Freaks For The Festival" by Roland Kirk.
Dmitri also plays in blues outfit Love Brutus. Mark Bancroft-vocals,harp, Mike Neyrey-drums, Doug Therrien-bass,Dmitri-guitar.
1990-Dmitri joins zydeco bandleader Major Handy for a summer tour of the western U.S. and Canada.Club dates and festivals including the Sidetrack, Edmonton, the Yale, Vancouver, Canadian Independence Day Celebration,Red Deer.
1990-1992- Upon returning from the tour with Major Handy, Dmitri freelances with various bands , including the Kingbees and Merrit & the Bloodhounds.
1993- Forms Noble Coyotes. Mark Bancroft-vocals,harp, Mike Neyrey-drums, Brad Smith-bass, Dmitri-guitar.Band release self titled CD which receives airplay on WWOZ and in the Superdome during Saints games.
1993-1997-Noble Coyotes play local club dates and tour East Coast including gigs at House of Blues-Cambridge and New Orleans, Manny's Carwash-NYC, Rock and Bowl- New Orleans opposite Johnny Adams, Anson Funderburgh and others.The band appears on local TV on music show LTV and in a commercial for Jefferson roadhouse the Rivershack Tavern. Numerous bass players and drummers play in the group.
1997-Coyotes disband and Resnik hand picks members for a new band under his own name.Dmitri Resnik and his Army of Clowns.Dmitri-guitar,occassional vocals, Bob Andrews-keyboards,vocals, Russ Broussard-drums, Red Devecca-upright bass, Eric Lucero-trumpet, Ken Jacobs-sax.
1998-Resnik releases his first CD  It Ain't Rocket Science which recieves critical praise and airplay worldwide.
1998-2000-The band plays club dates in New Orleans.
2000-Resnik releases his second CD  Quit Clownin' which recieves praise, airplay and several Real Blues Magazine Awards.
2001-Resnik moves back to North Carolina for personal rather than professional reasons.
Forms band under his own name. Dmitri-guitar,vocals, Anthony Laneer-upright bass, Joe Izzo-drums, Clark Stern-keyboards.
2002-Band becomes three piece with Garth Applegate on drums . Resnik releases his third CD Learnin' My Lessons the Hard Way which receives praise and airplay. Resnik also does about a year-long stint with Mel Melton and the Wicked Mojos starting with a summer tour of the East Coast including a gig at NYState Blues Festival. Mel Melton-vocals,harp,Dmitri-guitar,occasional vocals,Chris Mathios-bass,Evans Nicholson-drums.
2002-2004-Resnik tours East Coast with his own band playing clubs and occasional festivals including Beaufort Music Festival, Blues at the Beach (Virginia Beach ) and Festival for the Eno (Durham,NC)
2004-Resnik releases his fourth CD Bootleg Liquor (live) which receives praise, airplay and Real Blues Award for Best Live CD 2004 (tied with Cyril Lance).
2005-Garth Applegate relocates to Bay Area to teach at newly formed Friends School. Eric Mrozkowski takes his place.Dmitri starts doing solo gigs (guitar,vocals) in addition to band gigs.
2006-Resnik puts out limited release of his fifth CD  Apparently I'm Still Alive (solo) which  is sold only off the bandstand and not forwarded to any press or radio except Public Radio East (NC) where it receives substantial airplay.Resnik also joins all-star group Ben Palmer 5.0 for ocassional gigs. Ben Palmer-upright bass, Dmitri-guitar,vocals, Bill Newton-vocals,sax,harp, Joe Izzo-drums, Chris Frank-vocals,keyboards.
Network Pacific Records releases Blues Sampler vol 1 with tracks from Resnik and an international stable of artists including Bobby Radcliffe.
2006-2008-Resnik plays club dates and ocassional festivals with his band as well as solo and swing dances with Ben Palmer 5.0.
2008- Marks twenty years playing professionally and ten years since Resnik's first  CD  It Ain't Rocket Science was released.
Resnik releases his sixth CD  One Short of a Dozen  in December.
2008- Chatham County Slim and Papa Mike release self-titled CD - with Dmitri on guitar and vocals and his father Mike Resnik on Harmonica.
2008-2013- Dmitri continues playing clubs and ocassional festivals with his band Dmitri Resnik & Bootleg Beat , also  solo, and  as Chatham County Slim and Papa Mike.








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