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Steeped in traditional music from both sides of the color line, Scott Ainslie is a renowned acoustic blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He learned southern old-time ballads, banjo and fiddle from senior musicians in North Carolina and West Virginia and blues from his black elders in North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia and Mississippi: his roots are deep.

“My mother found me at the family piano picking out the melodies from the records she listened to during the day when I was three.

I’m one of the lucky ones: I’ve been a musician all my life”

– Scott Ainslie

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Sat 08

Live in person at Caffe Lena (and also livestreaming)

May 8 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saratoga Springs NY
Thu 13
Jun 13

Millwood Guitar Camp – private

June 13 - June 19
Millwood VA
Jul 25

Swannanoa Guitar Week

July 25 - July 31

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… Read more “He Lives In The Groove”

Philip Van Vleck
The Spectator, Durham NC