Press Release for Scott Ainslie 3/23/13 Show

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Flying Cat Music is proud to kick off its 2013 season with blues music authority and practitioner extraordinaire Scott Ainslie in concert. He will perform at the Empire State Railway Museum, located at 70 Lower High Street in Phoenicia, New York, on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 advance or $15 at the door. For information and reservations email flyingcatmusic@gmail.com or call 845-688-9453.

Scott Ainslie is a man Sing Out Magazine described as “the master of multiple genres and tunings, focusing not only on the blues but also on the blues’ African origins.” Scott is praised by The Washington Post as “a soulful, robust voice with expressive guitar work” While thecountryblues.com says of him; “Ainslie is a beautiful stylist who respects the country blues and acoustic blues music, feels it deep down to his soul and understands its essence. He is not just an important bridge to the original blues; he is an important teacher and protagonist of the genre.”

In 2000, Scott Ainslie won The National Slide Guitar Festival Living Heritage Award, given in tandem to an influential living slide guitarist paired with a Blues and slide guitarist who has gone before. Scott Ainslie was awarded with Robert Johnson. In 1992 Ainslie authored Robert Johnson/At the Crossroads, published by Hal Leonard Corporation. The reviews were glowing:

“Scott Ainslie has taken on the monumental task of transcribing all of Robert Johnson’s recorded blues songs and succeeded with flying colors . . . this book stands head and shoulders above any other collection of transcriptions.” [Brett Bonner, Living Blues Magazine]

” . . . painstaking detail, not only in the presentation of tablature and notation, but in the introductory biography and the deliberate introductory text and lyric transcriptions that accompany each song.” [Steve James, Acoustic Guitar Magazine ]

Ainslie has released five albums. His most recent, “Thunder’s Mout” is a dynamic mix of superb originals, traditional blues covers, and a Tom Waits tune. The CD has been deemed “a powerful, roots slice of traditional blues” by Americana-UK and “Pure Brilliance” by countrymusicfactsandnews.com.

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