Reviews

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

Concert Reviews

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

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

Ainslie’s Performance Was Extraordinary

Scott Ainslie’s performance was extraordinary. Students positively glowed throughout the concert and were impressed with his scholarly knowledge of Blues history and his musical technique. Students assigned Ainslie’s show the highest possible rating on the survey scale. If Ainslie comes back to town, I’d plan to take students to his shows again in a heartbeat. It […]

Teacher Comments
Calliope Concerts Executive Summary, Pittsburgh, PA

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Reviews of my work in Educational Settings

Even A Week Later

Thank you for the opportunity to host musician and historian Scott Ainslie at Park Elementary. Students sang, clapped along and responded thoughtfully and enthusiastically. Even a week later, they recall the types of instruments that he showed them and information about the origins of Blues and Jazz.  

Elementary Teacher Evaluation
Park Elementary School, Pittsburgh, PA

Best Event

I have been teaching at my school for 13 years and this was the best cultural event I have attended. Mr. Ainslie was a calming, loving presence for the students.  

Teacher Evaluation
United Arts, Raleigh NC 2014

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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Reviews from Guitar Students

Frighteningly Incisive

One of the finest musical instructors I’ve known. Scott’s suggestions to help improve guitar accompaniment in all our songs were frighteningly incisive and I was very pleased with it. This is a class I would take every year it is offered.

Student Evaluation
The Swannanoa Gathering

Head And Shoulders Above Any Other Collection

Scott Ainslie has taken on the monumental task of transcribing all of Robert Johnson’s recorded blues songs and succeeded with flying colors…Robert Johnson/At The Crossroads, (Hal Leonard, 1992) stands head and shoulders above any other collection of transcriptions.

Brett Bonner
Living Blues Magazine

Exceptional Ability to Play & Teach

Ainslie has the exceptional blend of ability to play and teach, with the willingness to do so. He gave me new physical abilities and tools to develop at home.

Student Evaluation
The Swannanoa Gathering

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