My time with senior traditional musicians from both sides of the ‘color line’ has changed me.

Whether the music is traditional or original, when I take the stage, I always feel like I’m climbing onto the shoulders of giants.

If somehow, you could magically remove the music we made together and what we did together: no one would recognize me.

I believe in apprenticeship, and the idea that you should let a craft or tradition transform you, before you go about transforming it.

The price of singing a song
is becoming the song.

– Scott Ainslie

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  1. Elyria, OH: Stocker Arts Cabaret Series

    October 23 @ 8:00 pm - October 24 @ 10:30 pm
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    November 7 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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    November 14 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
An Important Teacher and Protagonist
Ainslie is a beautiful stylist who respects the country blues and acoustic blues music, feels it deep down to his soul, and understands its essence. He is not just an important bridge to the original blues, he is an important teacher and protagonist of…
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Mississippi Valley Blues Society, LeClaire IA