Scott Ainlsie
Blues guitarist and historian

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Actin' Up: Juke Joint & Holy Blues

Ernie Hawkins & Scott Ainslie in Concert

Muddy Waters, Doc Watson, Jorma Kaukonen, Elmore James, the Grateful Dead, Dave van Ronk, Ry Cooder, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton and almost any other folk or blues guitarist you might name has been inspired by the playing of Delta Blues legend Robert Johnson or Ragtime Blues and Gospel giant Rev. Gary Davis. More likely, both.

In Actin’ Up, Scott Ainslie and Ernie Hawkins bring Delta and Ragtime Blues to the stage in a spirited tour of hot ragtime instrumentals, passionate singing and slide guitar, stories and songs. Lifelong students of Ragtime-Piedmont Blues and Mississippi Delta Blues, Hawkins and Ainslie bring more than seven decades of experience with them to the stage. Their long apprenticeships with known and unknown traditional players from all around the country have lined their pockets with music, personal anecdotes, and history – riches that we hear jingle as they tap their feet.

Promotional onesheet on Actin' Up: Joint & Holy Blues