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

Concert Reviews

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

A Master of Acoustic Blues

With an expressive baritone and nimble fingers…Ainslie is a master of American acoustic Blues. He is also among the most highly regarded Blues historians, a veritable walking encyclopedia of Blues and Jazz.

Dan Bolles
Seven Days, Burlington, VT

Educational, Informative, and Charming

Ainslie’s rapport with the audience was keenly matched with his versatility, and the crowd was swept away on a musical journey through time and space, with constant reference to the genre’s roots in Africa. Steel, acoustic and “cigar box” guitars were hauled out, along with a banjo or two, as the history lesson (and entertainment)… Read more “Educational, Informative, and Charming”

Jonathan Fox
The River Reporter, Narrowsburg, NY

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Reviews of my work in Educational Settings

Standing Ovation from Students

I have worked here for two years and have only seen a standing ovation by a middle school/high school audience one other time.  This is simply an age group that rarely shows that type of emotional response in our setting. –The Arts Center, Carrboro, NC

Arts-In-Education Coordinator
The ArtsCenter, Carrboro NC

Studied with Elder Musicians

A Phi Beta Kappa and honors graduate of Washington & Lee University, Ainslie also studied with elder musicians on both sides of the color line – in the Old-Time southern Appalachian fiddle and banjo traditions, as well as with black Gospel and Blues musicians. Ainslie has received numerous awards and grants for his work documenting… Read more “Studied with Elder Musicians”

Music-Arts Reporter
The Mountaineer, Waynesville NC

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


A brilliant musician and wonderful person, Ainslie is informative, well-prepared, and very encouraging. Class was great.

Student Evaluation
Swannanoa Gathering

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

Play and Understand Robert Johnson

If you are one of the many frustrated bluesmen who have considered selling your soul to the devil in exchange for the ability to play like Robert Johnson, stop right there! Starlicks offers you a better option: Robert Johnson’s Guitar Techniques, a video instruction tape by Johnson transcriber Scott Ainslie that will help you not… Read more “Play and Understand Robert Johnson”

Jim Coen
Guitar World Acoustic Magazine

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