Reviews

NOTE: Full text of recent reviews are on my News page in categories: Concert Reviews and CD Reviews.

Concert Reviews

Wardsboro VT – Oct. 2017

We of Wardsboro Curtain Call have produced 9 shows so far in our short existence, and all of the artists have been delightful, accommodating, wonderfully talented, and a joy to host.  You definitely made it to the top of that list, for so many reasons! Both the afternoon elementary school presentation and the evening show… Read more “Wardsboro VT – Oct. 2017”

Scott Ainslie Has a High Calling

Scott Ainslie has a high calling. He’s a blues and traditional roots musician, a blues historian, storyteller, teacher, record producer, and ethnomusicologist. He’s developed a strong voice and conscience to match. Ainslie has made a point of studying the culture and history of the blues musicians whose songs he sings. He says, “Knowing the background… Read more “Scott Ainslie Has a High Calling”

Robin Tolleson
Blue Ridge Now

No Ordinary Blues Musician

Ainslie is no ordinary Blues musician. Not hardly. He has delved into the music and its history and doesn’t mind sharing it. – “Year’s 10 Best Jazz & Beyond,” Pittsburgh, PA 2003

Nate Guidry
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Reviews of my work in Educational Settings

Exactly What We Hope For

Your concert was a wonderful success for Calliope. When we set about crafting a unique and diverse series every season, evenings like that and performances like yours are exactly what we hope for. From a diverse audience of over 500 in the hall that evening, I am still receiving congratulatory e-mails from enthusiastic board members… Read more “Exactly What We Hope For”

Steve Miklas
Calliope, Pittsburgh PA

Great Historical Information

Students experienced what was most likely a music genre that they have never heard before. In addition, they learned about the African influences in American music. Ainslie presented great historical information regarding the origins of various genres of music and how music and instruments evolved over the years.

Teacher Evaluation
United Arts, Raleigh NC 2014

Old Blues and Southern Musical Traditions

Ainslie is one of the most important cultural protagonists of the old blues and Southern musical traditions.

Outreach Coordinator
Mississippi Valley Blues Society, LeClaire IA

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Reviews from Guitar Students

No Ordinary Blues Musician

Ainslie is no ordinary Blues musician. Not hardly. He has delved into the music and its history and doesn’t mind sharing it. – “Year’s 10 Best Jazz & Beyond,” Pittsburgh, PA 2003

Nate Guidry
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Best Guitar Instruction I’ve Had

Your Mississippi John Hurt class at the Summer Acoustic Music Week (SAMW) this year has turned out to be some of the best guitar instruction I’ve had thus far. I got some John Hurt recordings when I got back, listened to them enough to get the music into my head, and am successfully transferring it… Read more “The Best Guitar Instruction I’ve Had”

Michael Gooley, Student
Summer Acoustic Music Week, Geneva Point, NH

Exceptional Ability To Play and Teach

Ainslie has the exceptional blend of ability to play and teach, with the willingness to do so.  

Student Evaluation
The Swannanoa Gathering

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