NOTE: Full text of recent reviews are on my News page in categories: Concert Reviews and CD Reviews.
“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”
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
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”
Reviews of my work in Educational Settings
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”
Scott Ainslie was an excellent presenter who understood the age group he was presenting to and provided a program appropriate for that level.
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”
Reviews from Guitar Students
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”
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”
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.