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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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Sat 12

Greenville SC House Concert

January 12 @ 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Greenville SC
Sun 13

Scott Ainslie @ Streamside

January 13 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Arden NC
Mon 14

NCSU University Scholars Program-Raleigh NC

January 14 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Raleigh NC
Tue 15

Magellan Charter School, Raleigh NC

January 15 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Raleigh NC

Acoustic Guitar Lesson - Robert Johnson Blues Lesson with Scott Ainslie - Part 3

Scott Ainslie demonstrates Robert Johnson-style blues shuffle playing. This is part 3 of Ainslie's lesson in the Decembe…

Impeccable Picking and Singing

Scott Ainslie’s new CD, “The Last Shot Got Him,” got me! It hits the mark – and in an intimate and authentic way. It features Scott’s rich singing voice, immaculate tone and phrasing, and powerful guitar picking. This CD reflects great maturity – in the impeccable picking and singing, to be sure, but also in… Read more “Impeccable Picking and Singing”

El McMeen, Guitar teacher & recording artist
Huntingdon, PA