Scott Ainslie
Blues guitarist and historian
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Thunder's Mouth

"The emotional pull of Ainslie's music is always strong, perhaps most so on the slave lament, "Thunder's Mouth," and on the slow, serious folk blues "Another Man Done Gone."
-Downbeat
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  • Southern Roots Concert and Workshops
    in Putney, VT - May 9 and 10, 2014

    Visiting West Virginia-based folklorists Michael & Carrie Kline will join Brattleboro’s own Scott Ainslie (Blues guitarist, singer, and Old-Time fiddle and banjo player) to present a tour-de-force of Southern music, stories and songs in a Friday night concert and Saturday morning workshops focused on their shared passion for the music of the iconic Hammons family of Pocahontas County, West Virginia. ... Get the details! | Buy Concert tickets. | Buy Workshop tickets.

    Migrant Song released on Border Songs compilation, and on YouTube

    a section of this website is devoted to my song The Land That I Love and the situation on the U.S. - Mexico border. You'll find the video, just published today, as well as the NPR story that insprired the song, notes about the other musicians on the recording and about the images in the video. You'll also find resources for learning more about the border issues and a donation link to support the work of the Green Valley Samaritans on the Border. Please visit cattailmusic.com/theborder.

  • Mississippi John Hurt

    In April, 2010, I first got a chance to visit Mississippi John Hurt's grave up in the hills at the eastern edge of the Mississippi Delta, in Avalon, Mississippi.

    While I was in Greenwood, MS as part of the celebrations of the centennial of Robert Johnson's birth (true to form:  celebrated in the town where he was killed), I stumbled on a small group of new friends headed to the Mississippi John Hurt Museum, housed in the little shotgun shack that was John's home for more than 30 years.

    Finding myself on his porch, with a small group of friends, I asked if anyone would mind if I played a couple of his songs there before that porch where he played for so many years, so long ago.

    It got personal really fast.

    And so, I've returned to John's recordings. I'm teaching his work and style at the music camps this summer (2012) at Common Ground on the Hill in Westminster, MD and at the Swannanoa Gathering's Guitar Week at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina.

  • NEW! Delta Blues Pilgrimage website

    After two successful exhibitions in Louisiana, Scott's photos from his 2010 trip through Mississippi will be on display in Vermont December 2-4 at Aegis Artworks in the Cotton Mill in Brattleboro, VT. Scott will be present at the exhibit Friday afternoon through Sunday with a guitar and cds.

    You can see the exhibition online at our new companion site: DeltaBluesPilgrimage.com . The twenty-five signed and matted prints are for sale and will be shipped out after the early December exhibition, in time for Christmas. Sets of 6 Delta Blues notecards are also available.

  • Spring and Summer Tours

    Scott will be in Western New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina this spring and summer. See the details

  • Blues Guitarists and Singers Give Back:
    New Delta Blues Museum Media Archive established to pass the music to a new generation

    Read full press release...

Benefit Projects

  • Scott played a concert to benefit the Sandglass Theater Wheelchair Accessibility Fund

    The concert raised about $1500, but $14000 is needed. Contributions great and small are welcome. Phone: 802 387-4051 or contact info@sandglasstheater.org. More info at Sandglass Theater website.
  • North Carolina Symphony Benefit Concert:
    Branford Marsalis and Friends

    Branford Marsalis and friends
    I got to be part of an amazing concert that raised $143,000 for the symphony. read more

  • Gulf Aid Acadiana

    Gulf Aid Acadiana logoI am working with my friend Todd Mouton in Lafayette, Louisiana to raise money for Gulf Aid Acadiana, which is a community based response to the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico. Our mission is to assist in the restoration of the ecological, economic, and social well being of coastal Louisiana.

  • Care for All: Musicians for Healthcare

  • Banjo Gathering CD

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