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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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Jan 09

The Peace Center, Greenville SC with Poet Glenis Redmond

January 9, 2019 - January 10, 2019
Greenville SC
Jan 13

Scott Ainslie @ Streamside

January 13, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Arden NC
Jan 18

Stories, songs, and acoustic blues with Scott Ainslie, Cincinnati OH

January 18, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cincinnati OH
Jan 19

Yellow Springs OH – YSAC Community Gallery

January 19, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Yellow Springs OH

Scott Ainslie at AEBHF Clinic

Scott holds a session on Resonator Blues

Homage & History: Deep Musical Roots

Thunder’s Mouth is a sturdy record, powerful both as homage and history. But most of all, it reveals a talented tunesmith shaping his unique vision to deep musical roots.

Michael Witthaus
The Eagle Times, Claremont, NH