Keep Your Lamp Trimmed & Burnin’ – Fretless Gourd Banjo
A metaphor from the Old Testament, an ancient melody and an instrument derived from Africa: spirituals were often sung in the minor pentatonic scales of West Africa. This is a perfect example.
Born in Rochester NY in 1952, Scott Ainslie has been playing music on something since he was three years old. A guitarist since 1967 with powerful appreciation for and apprenticeships with elder black and white musicians in different musical traditions, Ainslie carries a portion of them forward in his own traditional blues performances and songwriting.