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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Fri 18

NYC-Lower East Side House Concert

October 18 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Manhattan NY
Nov 02

Floyd Radio Show

November 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Floyd VA
Nov 03

Big Porch House Concerts, Durham NC

November 3 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Nov 04

Albemarle NC Schools

November 4 @ 8:00 am - November 5 @ 5:00 pm
Albemarle NC

Best Album of 2014 – The Times-Argus

The Best Album of 2014, Tammie Award – Brattleboro guitarist, singer, and musicologist Scott Ainslie released “The Last Shot Got Him,” an album created around a 1934 Gibson guitar. [He] has recorded an album that is simple…yet very effective. We hope the CD receives national attention with a Grammy nomination in the Acoustic Blues category.

Art Edelstein, Music Editor
Times-Argus, Montpelier VT