Premiered Sunday, July 26: 3 hours of Instructional Videos on the music of Mississippi John Hurt - read more!

On Saturday, August 1, Scott will do a Live-Stream concert with Focus Music in Northern Virginia - details here!


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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Sat 29

CANCELED-TradMad, Pinewoods Camp, Plymouth MA

August 29 - September 4
Plymouth MA
Nov 06

Scott Ainslie at Isis Lounge, Asheville, NC

November 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Asheville NC
Nov 20

Rescheduled – Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton, NJ

November 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuckerton NJ

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