Friday, April 30, 2010
The Townsend Center proudly presents renowned Blues guitarist Scott Ainslie on Saturday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. Ainslie performs a mesmerizing journey of acoustic blues, slide and ragtime guitar, and weaves a tapestry of historical songs and stories. Blues aficionados and guitarists can experience a free acoustic and slide guitar workshop at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Scott Ainslie is a master of the traditional blues guitar styles that gave rise to rock ‘n’ roll and fueled the folk revival of the 1960s. His concerts draw on the musical legacies of Delta Blues legends Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters, the East Coast's Blind Blake, Reverend Gary Davis and Blind Boy Fuller.
Coming of age during the Civil Rights era, Ainslie has an abiding affection for cross-cultural exchange and approaches the tradition with the care and respect it deserves. A community-based artist, Ainslie takes to the stage as part storyteller, part historian and all musician, armed with his 1931 National resonator guitar, banjo and a diddley bow.
His latest CDs from Cattail Music include Terraplane, You Better Lie Down and The Feral Crow. His newest release, Thunder’s Mouth, spent over five weeks on XM Radio’s Bluesville and six weeks on the Americana Top 40.
Sponsored by the family of the late Dr. Richard L. Dangle, Ainslie is an Artist-in-Residence at the University of West Georgia. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and military, and $10 for children. Great seats and group discounts are still available. For ticket purchases, call the Townsend Center Box Office at 678-839-4722. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 10 a.m. till closing on show day. For more information, visit www.townsendcenter.org.