Reviews

NOTE: Full text of recent reviews are on my News page in categories: Concert Reviews and CD Reviews.

Concert Reviews

Blues Like an Electric Shock

Last, but definitely not least, was Scott Ainslie, a virtuoso of Delta blues slide guitar. When he walked on stage, his 1931 National steel guitar shone like a polished silver chalice and he played it as if it were sacred. Scott has spent a great deal of time learning from the traditional blues players of… Read more “Blues Like an Electric Shock”

Ellen Arthur
The Spectator, Durham NC

Sold Out Performance

Scott’s performance at our sold-out Community Arts Festival gala on Saturday night was incredible. He’s a talented musician, historian, teacher, and — maybe most importantly — a compassionate human being.

Mark Kelly, Feb. 12, 2015
Holly Springs Arts Council, NC

A Debt To The Blues

It’s common knowledge that the vast majority of popular music owes a debt to American blues, but few have set about repaying it with Scott Ainslie’s sense of purpose…Spend a little time talking with him, and you’re going to learn something. Ainslie shows not only how the music feels now, but how it felt then,… Read more “A Debt To The Blues”

Michael Witthaus
Claremont Eagle Times, Claremont NH

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Reviews of my work in Educational Settings

No Ordinary Blues Musician

Ainslie is no ordinary Blues musician. Not hardly. He has delved into the music and its history and doesn’t mind sharing it. – “Year’s 10 Best Jazz & Beyond,” Pittsburgh, PA 2003

Nate Guidry
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Blues Like an Electric Shock

Last, but definitely not least, was Scott Ainslie, a virtuoso of Delta blues slide guitar. When he walked on stage, his 1931 National steel guitar shone like a polished silver chalice and he played it as if it were sacred. Scott has spent a great deal of time learning from the traditional blues players of… Read more “Blues Like an Electric Shock”

Ellen Arthur
The Spectator, Durham NC

A Debt To The Blues

It’s common knowledge that the vast majority of popular music owes a debt to American blues, but few have set about repaying it with Scott Ainslie’s sense of purpose…Spend a little time talking with him, and you’re going to learn something. Ainslie shows not only how the music feels now, but how it felt then,… Read more “A Debt To The Blues”

Michael Witthaus
Claremont Eagle Times, Claremont NH

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Reviews from Guitar Students

Old Blues and Southern Musical Traditions

Ainslie is one of the most important cultural protagonists of the old blues and Southern musical traditions.

Outreach Coordinator
Mississippi Valley Blues Society, LeClaire IA

Exceptional Ability To Play and Teach

Ainslie has the exceptional blend of ability to play and teach, with the willingness to do so.  

Student Evaluation
The Swannanoa Gathering

Play and Understand Robert Johnson

If you are one of the many frustrated bluesmen who have considered selling your soul to the devil in exchange for the ability to play like Robert Johnson, stop right there! Starlicks offers you a better option: Robert Johnson’s Guitar Techniques, a video instruction tape by Johnson transcriber Scott Ainslie that will help you not… Read more “Play and Understand Robert Johnson”

Jim Coen
Guitar World Acoustic Magazine

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