Reviews

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

Concert Reviews

Teaching the Historical Roots of Blues

Scott Ainslie stepped onto the stage and swept back his long, graying hair. He slung his 1931 National, a guitar he bought 20 years ago in a pawn shop in Georgia, over his arm. And then he began to play the blues. Teaching the historical roots of blues music, especially to the younger generation, is […]
Jeremy Bauer-Wolf
Westminster Patch

Blues Music Magazine

“Scott Ainslie is a veteran touring pro who is frequently found performing in venues up and down the East Coast. With a warm, affable persona, and a wealth of musical knowledge, I highly recommend checking him out when he comes to a town near you. You won’t be sorry.”    
–Brian M. Owens
Blues Music Magazine, Issue Number Seven

Scott Ainslie Has a High Calling

Scott Ainslie has a high calling. He’s a blues and traditional roots musician, a blues historian, storyteller, teacher, record producer, and ethnomusicologist. He’s developed a strong voice and conscience to match. Ainslie has made a point of studying the culture and history of the blues musicians whose songs he sings. He says, “Knowing the background […]
Robin Tolleson
Blue Ridge Now

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Reviews of my work in Educational Settings

He Lives In The Groove

Durham resident Scott Ainslie led the way, accompanied by his trusty National Steel guitar and a heart full of the best of Robert Johnson, Blind Boy Fuller, and Blind Blake. His set was a combination of extremely well-played blues and brief sorties into the history of the music, the musicians, and even his guitar. The […]
Philip Van Vleck
The Spectator, Durham NC

Students Had A Wonderful Experience

Thank you so much for performing yesterday. My students really had a wonderful experience. I had the group you did the workshop with today for class and we talked about you for at least a half hour. They were so mesmerized by your guitar playing and singing. I had them write a reflection on their […]
Ann M. Derrick, Director of Choirs
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake HS Burnt Hills, NY

Mississippi Valley Blues Society

Thanks so much for your recent presentation on Blues Guitar Music & History at the LeClaire Community Library last Monday evening.  We received so many wonderful comments on your playing and presentation.  Our patrons were so impressed with your talent and depth of knowledge of the Blues. It was an entertaining and inspirational evening! From […]
Sue Mannix, MLS, Director
LeClaire Community Library LeClaire, IA

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Reviews from Guitar Students

The Heartbeat of the Blues Program

Scott is the heartbeat of the Blues program. A humble giant of the Blues who shares his soul in class. An excellent teacher and a superb human being. Class was great. Way more than I expected.
Student Evaluation
The Swannanoa Gathering

An Extraordinary Teacher and a Gifted Musician

Ainslie is truly an extraordinary teacher and a gifted musician.  The things I learned from him, rhythm and right hand technique, slide technique, riffs, and some of the secrets of Robert Johnson’s music, have created a strong foundation that has taken my playing to another level.  
Student Evaluation
Common Ground On The Hill

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

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