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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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Meadow School, Benson NC

February 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Benson NC
Fri 15

Wakefield Middle School: Teaching Concerts

February 15 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Raleigh NC
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High Water-Hurricane Benefit, Lumberton NC

February 16 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Cottage Music House Concerts, Harrisonburg VA

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Robert Johnson "Sweet Home Chicago" Guitar Lesson @ GuitarInstructor.com (excerpt)

Watch, listen, and learn how to play Robert Johnson's "Sweet Home Chicago." Presented by Scott Ainslie. Full lesson avai…

Soulful, Robust, Expressive

Combining a soulful, robust voice with expressive guitar work, Ainslie covers a lot of ground on this crisply produced session. 

Mike Joyce
The Washington Post