"Blessed 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, SoundBites, Seven Days
The story of Scott Ainslie's
life is nearly synonymous with his deep love and talent for playing Delta Blues and especially the music of Blues legend, Robert Johnson.
A community-based artist, Ainslie comes to the stage or classroom part storyteller, part scholar/historian, part educator, and all musician.
Armed with a lion-hearted voice and no fewer than three or four instruments - acoustic guitar, National slide guitar, fretless gourd banjo, diddley bow (one-string slide instrument), Scott
also shares carefully chosen historical anecdotes and his
personal experiences with scores of elder Blues musicians across the American South.
Ainslie's audiences of all ages learn about the African roots of this very American music and how the Southern and African-American cultures have-- and continue to-- influence the genre.
A resident of Brattleboro, VT, Scott
is the author of "Robert Johnson: at the Crossroads.
literally 'wrote the book' on Mississippi Delta Bluesman Johnson, and has an instructional DVD on Johnson's guitar techniques and songs, as well as five compact disc recordings available.
most recent album, "Thunder's Mouth," spent over five weeks on the XM Radio Bluesville "B.B. King's Picks To Click" and six weeks in the Americana Top 40 chart.
has been a VA and NC Visiting Artist, and has performed with or opened for many music greats such as Phil Wiggins, Ruthie Foster and Branford Marsalis.
"When we set about crafting a unique and diverse series each year, performances like Scott's
are exactly what we hope for...masterful and emotional..."