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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

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…

A Consummate Musician

I wanted to thank you again for the time you spent with our students here at West Cary in North Carolina.  Our kids really appreciated the history you shared, the oral traditions that were passed on to you, your humor, and the pacing of your lesson/performance.  Hell, I just enjoyed your playing. You are a… Read more “A Consummate Musician”

Tom Jenner, Director of Bands
West Cary Middle School, Cary, NC