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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 04

Acoustic Blues/Slide Guitar Workshop: Berryville VA

January 4, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Berryville VA
Jan 04

The Barns of Rosehill, Berryville VA

January 4, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Berryville VA
Jan 10

Acoustic Blues Concert – Arts Fifth Avenue – Fort Worth TX

January 10, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Fort Worth TX
Jan 11

How Did Robert Johnson Do That? Fort Worth Guitar Workshop

January 11, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Fort Worth TX

Until Sunday Breakfast!

His guitar playing is so technically perfect, his feel for the Delta Blues so vivid, that I sat through his set with a dumb smile on my face…I would have happily gone on listening to Ainslie until Sunday breakfast!  

Arden Kelsey
The Spectator, Durham, NC