Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Following His Arrow

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Following His Arrow

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — When Brett Resnick began focusing on playing the pedal steel guitar in 2010, one of his first gigs was at an Indian restaurant in Boston.

Looking back, Resnick laughs about the opportunity, and how it started him on his path to performing alongside 2019 Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves.

Resnick is a Shawnee Heights High School class of 2002 alumnus. He spent his early 20s performing in rock bands around Topeka, then a two-year stint studying guitar at the Berklee College of Music, to now, a Nashville resident who spends most of his time touring the world as a member of Musgraves’ band.

Resnick began his pedal steel career with friend Cale Tyson, an Americana folk musician who eased his transition into the world of country music. From there, the artists only added more twang.

Resnick next worked with Kelsey Waldon, laying steel on her first two records, “The Goldmine” and “I’ve Got a Way.”

“I think my steel playing took a big step forward on that record (‘I’ve Got A Way’),” Resnick said. “It really gave me the confidence to play new things I had never played before.”

At the time, Resnick was also a substitute player for Margo Price, prior to her debut on Saturday Night Live and her increasing popularity. Resnick said he loved playing with her, and is a huge fan of her voice.

In January 2017, Resnick recalls getting a phone call out of the blue from Kyle Ryan, asking if he’d like to audition to play with Musgraves.

The band had just finished their “Pageant Material” tour, and were looking for a fresh sounds. Resnick said he didn’t ask questions about the prior steel guitarist, and when they offered him the opportunity to play with the band in Las Vegas, opening up for George Strait, he quickly agreed.

One of the first major shows that Resnick remembers was at the 40th Ann Arbor Folk Festival, in Ann Arbor, Mich. …

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