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Posted on 01/23/13

Talented Scott Ainslie Coming to RCC

Scott Ainslie

Talented musician, performer and educator, Scott Ainslie, will take the stage in the Advanced Technologies building auditorium at Rockingham Community College on Jan. 29 for a noon workshop on “American Roots Music” and again at 7 p.m. for an electrifying concert of varied work representing our rich American musical heritage.  Both workshop and concert are free.

In his groundbreaking book on legendary bluesman, Robert Johnson, Ainslie celebrates Johnson’s influence on American music from 1936, the time of his first recording, to present day.  Modern day rockers and guitarists Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and more were all influenced by Johnson's music—a reality that ultimately changed the course of rock and roll history.  Therefore, during the evening concert, Ainslie will explore Blues music and the times that gave birth to it via soaring acoustic performances of the songs that electrified Johnson's contemporaries and went on to make music history.

He will also explain how music from the American South served as a crossroads, a place where European and African musical traditions cross-pollinated to create the powerful musical hybrids that have long dominated U.S. popular music. With a calabash gourd banjo, his one-string diddley bow, guitars, stories and song, Scott takes his audience on an exploration and journey of the Africanization of old-time mountain music, African musical and cultural retentions in the Blues, and Gospel and work songs of our African-American communities.

“The development of compassion is a primary function of music, history and art,” said Ainslie.


Therefore, he recreates songs from the Underground Railroad through the Civil Rights era; from the labor struggles of the early 1900s to the mill closings of the 1990s.  He examines the role of music in society and presents the history and songs of the struggles for civil rights, peace and economic justice.

A day with Scott Ainslie will be one of discovery of our musical heritage.


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