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

Concert Reviews

The gold standard

“Scott is a master of anything with strings: his playing is effortless and soulful. He knows the history and the context of the music, and his own songs are sly and full of melody. He’s a generous performer and his connection with the audience was profound . . . Scott is the gold standard.” –… Read more “The gold standard”

Totally Enjoyable, Educational, and Listenable

I really can’t express how blown away I was with the totally enjoyable, educational, and listenable stage set and workshop you presented for us this year at the Western Maryland Blues Festival. – Festival Founder

Carl W. Discque,
Western Maryland Blues Festival

Exactly What We Hope For

Your concert was a wonderful success for Calliope. When we set about crafting a unique and diverse series every season, evenings like that and performances like yours are exactly what we hope for. From a diverse audience of over 500 in the hall that evening, I am still receiving congratulatory e-mails from enthusiastic board members… Read more “Exactly What We Hope For”

Steve Miklas
Calliope, Pittsburgh PA

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Reviews of my work in Educational Settings

The Best Assembly We’ve Ever Had

It is rare to have a performance that is so completely engaging and so universally praised afterwards. Faculty were impressed that they learned some things about the history of music that they did not know. Many students and faculty commented to me that it was the best assembly we had ever had. – Upper School… Read more “The Best Assembly We’ve Ever Had”

Jennifer Newitt
Friends Academy

Excellent Presenter

Scott Ainslie was an excellent presenter who understood the age group he was presenting to and provided a program appropriate for that level.

Teacher Evaluation
United Arts, Raleigh NC 2014

We Are Still Reeling

We are still reeling from the after-effects of your visit. I’ve heard nothing but positive comments from teachers and students who were lucky enough to witness first hand your demonstration and knowledge of the Blues. As for me, I learned way too much from you on the suject of the history of Blues and plan… Read more “We Are Still Reeling”

Thom Wood
Lamar High School, Darlington SC

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Reviews from Guitar Students

Magical in Both Song and Storytelling

We truly enjoyed your time here and the schools cherished your outreach.  Your blues workshop scored a major impression on the guitarists from all over the West Georgia region.  The evening concert was magical both in song and storytelling, as your spell-bound audience applauded with as much energy as you performed.  What a gift you… Read more “Magical in Both Song and Storytelling”

Robert B. Jennings
University of West Georgia

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

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 the genre.

Outreach Coordinator
Mississippi Valley Blues Society, LeClaire IA

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