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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

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

More Than A Musician

Scott Ainslie is more than a musician. It’s perfectly true that his voice is incredibly clear and powerful, and his guitar playing is expert beyond anything most people have ever heard. But there is more… Sitting in the audience during his performance here at Unity Church of Clearwater, I couldn’t help but notice something transformative […]
Leddy Hammock, Minister
Unity Church, Clearwater, FL

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Reviews of my work in Educational Settings

Studied with Elder Musicians

A Phi Beta Kappa and honors graduate of Washington & Lee University, Ainslie also studied with elder musicians on both sides of the color line – in the Old-Time southern Appalachian fiddle and banjo traditions, as well as with black Gospel and Blues musicians. Ainslie has received numerous awards and grants for his work documenting […]
Music-Arts Reporter
The Mountaineer, Waynesville NC

Tied to the Life and Work of Robert Johnson

During his career, Ainslie has become particularly tied to the life and work of late bluesman Robert Johnson, whose legend states that he sold his soul to the devil at a Mississippi crossroads. Ainslie was recently part of the official centennial celebration of Johnson’s birth, serving on a discussion panel and playing at the event. Ainslie […]
Stephanie Mangino
The Winchester Star

Didn’t Quit ‘Til The Bell Rang

Scott is an outstanding musician and historian. Students and teachers were actively involved in this assembly. Ainslie was a complete package. Got right into it and didn’t quit ‘til the bell rang.
Teacher Evaluation
United Arts, Raleigh NC 2014

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Reviews from Guitar Students

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

Passionate, Knowledgeable, Engaging

What a passionate, knowledgeable, engaging instructor. Scott really helped break bad habits and instill the kind of right hand discipline necessary for playing this kind of music (Blues). I wish I had had him around when I first picked up the guitar.
Student Evaluation
The Swannanoa Gathering

What A Teacher!

Excellent – what a teacher! In addition to wonderful singer, guitar player, etc. he genuinely cares about his class – each person. That is the feeling he exudes. And Scott has the ability to break things down into small, clear segments. I learned a mountain of new things this week!
Student Evaluation
The Swannanoa Gathering

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