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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 25

TradMAD Camp, Plymouth MA

August 25 - August 31
Plymouth MA
Sep 08

Turtle Hill Folk Festival, Rush NY With Reggie Harris

September 8 - September 9
Rush NY
Sep 13

Blues Workshop, Whitehead Light Station, Maine

September 13 - September 16
Whitehead Island ME
Sep 22

Guitar Workshop-New Fairfield, CT

September 22 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
New Fairfield CT

Acoustic Guitar Lesson - Robert Johnson Blues Lesson with Scott Ainslie - Part 3

Scott Ainslie demonstrates Robert Johnson-style blues shuffle playing. This is part 3 of Ainslie's lesson in the Decembe…

Wonderful in Every Respect

Your “Robert Johnson/At The Crossroads” just arrived and I’ve devoured it. It’s wonderful in every respect! I wish I had had it when I wrote ‘Black Culture and Black Consciousness’ , but I’m delighted to have it now.

Dr. Lawrence Levine, Professor
University of California-Berkeley