With this recording, The Feral Crow, Scott Ainslie expands on his previous works: Jealous of the Moon (1995); Terraplane (1998); and You Better Lie Down (2002). Though not a Blues record, The Feral Crow (2004) bears all the emotional elements of the Blues–love and loss, compassion and injustice–stunning songs from the voices that are generally lost in the clamor.
In a recent interview Ainslie says,“I’m not changing direction; I’m adding territory. With my extensive work on Robert Johnson and my recent performing and recording history, I am known as a Blues scholar and musician. Before that I was known as an old-time fiddler and banjo player; and before that, a folk musician. For me, the same beauty and themes resonate through all this music. These new songs weave those threads together in a more personal way. They are songs of my life: what I’ve seen and how I see it.”