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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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Sun 22

Swannanoa Gathering: Guitar Week

July 22 - July 28
Swannanoa NC
Sun 29

Dream Guitars Community Concert

July 29 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Weaverville NC
Aug 25

TradMAD Camp, Plymouth MA

August 25 - August 31
Plymouth MA
Sep 08

Turtle Hill Folk Festival, Rush NY With Reggie Harris

September 8 - September 9
Rush NY

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…

More Than A Musician

Scott Ainslie is more than a musician. It’s perfectly true that his voice is incredibly clear and powerful, and his guitar playing is expert beyond anything most people have ever heard. But there is more… Sitting in the audience during his performance here at Unity Church of Clearwater, I couldn’t help but notice something transformative… Read more “More Than A Musician”

Leddy Hammock, Minister
Unity Church, Clearwater, FL