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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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to play music or sing in a public place so that the people who are there will give money.

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Aspiring to the Highest Ideals

Ainslie is razor sharp…on a CD which manages to be topical and tender, dark yet uplifting, rich in polished poetry and raw emotion, a love call, and a call to action. “The Feral Crow” is, most of all, a creative achievement that aspires to the highest ideals. It’s the work of a mature artist whose… Read more “Aspiring to the Highest Ideals”

Jon Potter
Brattleboro Reformer