He Lives In The Groove

Durham resident Scott Ainslie led the way, accompanied by his trusty National Steel guitar and a heart full of the best of Robert Johnson, Blind Boy Fuller, and Blind Blake. His set was a combination of extremely well-played blues and brief sorties into the history of the music, the musicians, and even his guitar.

The most gratifying thing about Ainslie’s performance was that while he talked blues like a historian, he played them like a bluesman.

He lives in the groove, and he hears the passion and even the fear in the music. He treats the blues right, and he always takes care to catch up the crowd in what he’s doing.

Saturday’s audience was no exception. They were into it, marveled at his work on the fret board, and brought him back for an encore.


Philip Van Vleck

The Spectator, Durham NC

Scott Ainslie

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.

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