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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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Marin, CA – Magnolia House Concerts

October 18 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Marin County CA
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Santa Rosa-Windsor Acoustic Guitar Series

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Acoustic Guitar Lesson - Robert Johnson Blues Lesson with Scott Ainslie - Part 1

Scott Ainslie demonstrates Robert Johnson-style slide playing in Open A tuning. This is part 1 of Ainslie's lesson in th…

Power in Strings and Voice

North Carolinian Scott Ainslie began exploring traditional music as an old-time fiddler. His most recent travels find him playing blues guitar and mining the deep vein of the Piedmont and Delta styles. Much of the music on You Better Lie Down was learned first hand from players of the region… Scott has written an instructional… Read more “Power in Strings and Voice”

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