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Concert Reviews

It Meant A Lot to Our Audience

For our in-house outreaches, Scott Ainslie gave two 50-minute performances for K-8 students (with 300-400 students in each), and kept them engaged and interested the whole time. One parent who has come to many outreach events said that his was the best outreach she had ever been to at the Shannon Center. At the public… Read more “It Meant A Lot to Our Audience”

Shane W. Cadman, Artistic Director
Ruth B. Shannon Theatre for the Performing Arts, Whittier, CA

Ainslie’s Performance Was Extraordinary

Scott Ainslie’s performance was extraordinary. Students positively glowed throughout the concert and were impressed with his scholarly knowledge of Blues history and his musical technique. Students assigned Ainslie’s show the highest possible rating on the survey scale. If Ainslie comes back to town, I’d plan to take students to his shows again in a heartbeat. It… Read more “Ainslie’s Performance Was Extraordinary”

Teacher Comments
Calliope Concerts Executive Summary, Pittsburgh, PA

Blues Music Magazine

“Scott Ainslie is a veteran touring pro who is frequently found performing in venues up and down the East Coast. With a warm, affable persona, and a wealth of musical knowledge, I highly recommend checking him out when he comes to a town near you. You won’t be sorry.”    

–Brian M. Owens
Blues Music Magazine, Issue Number Seven

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Reviews of my work in Educational Settings

Thanks For Coming To The School

Once again, I want to thank you for coming to the high school.  It was a wonderful experience for our students, and I appreciate your willingness to perform in the loosely structured environment of the day. One faculty member told me that Robert Johnson was her favorite musician, and that she really enjoyed how you… Read more “Thanks For Coming To The School”

Joe Jossey, Managing Director
Elberton Theater Elberton, GA

Magical in Both Song and Storytelling

We truly enjoyed your time here and the schools cherished your outreach.  Your blues workshop scored a major impression on the guitarists from all over the West Georgia region.  The evening concert was magical both in song and storytelling, as your spell-bound audience applauded with as much energy as you performed.  What a gift you… Read more “Magical in Both Song and Storytelling”

Robert B. Jennings
University of West Georgia

Mississippi Valley Blues Society

Thanks so much for your recent presentation on Blues Guitar Music & History at the LeClaire Community Library last Monday evening.  We received so many wonderful comments on your playing and presentation.  Our patrons were so impressed with your talent and depth of knowledge of the Blues. It was an entertaining and inspirational evening! From… Read more “Mississippi Valley Blues Society”

Sue Mannix, MLS, Director
LeClaire Community Library LeClaire, IA

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Reviews from Guitar Students

Head And Shoulders Above Any Other Collection

Scott Ainslie has taken on the monumental task of transcribing all of Robert Johnson’s recorded blues songs and succeeded with flying colors…Robert Johnson/At The Crossroads, (Hal Leonard, 1992) stands head and shoulders above any other collection of transcriptions.

Brett Bonner
Living Blues Magazine

Frighteningly Incisive

One of the finest musical instructors I’ve known. Scott’s suggestions to help improve guitar accompaniment in all our songs were frighteningly incisive and I was very pleased with it. This is a class I would take every year it is offered.

Student Evaluation
The Swannanoa Gathering

Montclair NJ Guitar Workshop 9/10/2016

Yesterday, I attended (as a student), a Scott Ainslie acoustic blues workshop that I helped to organize. Here’s a few thoughts about that: The guitar is a fiendishly simple and beautifully complex machine for making music, that magic blend of rhythm, melody, harmony, and emotion. If you’ve ever sat there looking at your guitar with… Read more “Montclair NJ Guitar Workshop 9/10/2016”

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