Delta Blues Pilgrimage:
Photographs by Scott Ainslie
Exhibited In Lafayette & Lake Charles Galleries
[DATELINE: LOUISIANA, Spring & Summer 2011]
Scott Ainslie, blues musician, songwriter and scholar, was traveling through the Mississippi Delta in the Spring of 2010, when he shot the photographs that make up his “Delta Blues Pilgrimage,” currently on exhibit through August 20, 2011 at The Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center in Lake Charles, LA. The show was first exhibited at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette, LA. These are the first exhibits of Ainslie’s images and constitute his debut as a visual artist.
See photos of the show, and a slide show of the images
with captions at the Delta Blues Pilgrimage website.
Here we find the Tutwiler railroad tracks where W.C. Handy – the man billed as “The Father of the Blues” – first heard a slide guitarist in 1902. And then there’s Dockery’s Plantation where Charley Patton influenced three generations of bluesmen, the black river town of Friars Point, and the towns of Robert Johnson’s birth and death.
Ainslie first came to Louisiana more than a decade ago under the auspices of the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette where his work helped inspire the development of the Louisiana Crossroads concert series.
The Louisiana Crossroads season 11 series poster and program guide contain many of Ainslie’s images as well as his essay “The Walkin’ Blues: Tracing Robert Johnson.” 2011 marks the centennial of Johnson’s birth.
Ainslie appeared on stage in a live broadcast at Central School Theatre in Lake Charles in January 2011 with noted Louisiana songwriters/musicians David Egan and Sam Broussard as they retraced the life and music of blues legend Robert Johnson.
Ainslie is also the author of “Robert Johnson: At The Crossroads,” a book of transcriptions of Johnson’s recordings with annotated lyrics, an overview of Johnson’s biography, and historical notes.
Ainslie has released five solo recordings and produced “Care For All,” a benefit CD for the ‘Healthcare Is A Human Right’ campaign in Vermont. His latest CD, “Thunder’s Mouth,” features Lafayette’s own Sam Broussard on guitar.