Scott Ainslie

Delta Blues / Ragtime

Steeped in traditional music from both sides of the color line, Scott Ainslie is a renowned acoustic blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He learned southern old-time ballads, banjo and fiddle from senior musicians in North Carolina and West Virginia and blues from his black elders in North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia and Mississippi: his roots are deep. His live performances include a lot of stories, both of the old blues men in Virginia and North Carolina that he knew, and of the historical context of blues songs: Jim Crow South, Convict Leasing, etc. My mother found me at the family piano picking out the melodies from the records she listened to during the day when I was three. Im one of the lucky ones: Ive been a musician all my life Scott Ainslie