Scott Ainslie | Jealous of the Moon

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Jealous of the Moon

by Scott Ainslie

Startling passionate vocals and guitar work: authentic acoustic blues and great covers. Best Wayfaring Stranger and Hard Times recorded anywhere. And one of the best versions of Come On In My Kitchen, too. No Kidding.
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. We Can't Go On This Way
2:42 $0.99
2. Crazy Love
4:15 $0.99
3. You Don't Know What Love Is
3:14 $0.99
4. Stones in My Passway
3:01 $0.99
5. Come On in My Kitchen
4:24 $0.99
6. Wayfaring Stranger
4:26 $0.99
7. Love Her With a Feeling
2:57 $0.99
8. Date for Church
3:15 $0.99
9. Travelin' Riverside Blues
3:05 $0.99
10. Jealous of the Moon
4:43 $0.99
11. Hard Times, Come Again No More
4:48 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Jealous..." is Ainslie's first solo recording, co-produced with Tom Chapin in 1995. It plays like a good radio show---everything related, but varied, rich and interesting. Especially noteworthy are his acoustic version of Van Morrison's "Crazy Love," His solo guitar arrangement and singing of Billie Holiday's "You Don't Know What Love Is," and his renditions of Wayfaring Stranger (slide guitar in a modal tuning that is about guaranteed to raise the hair on the back of your neck) and Stephen Foster's anthem "Hard Times, Come Again No More," which in Ainslie's mouth comes across more as a command, than a plea. Very fine first album, well worth owning.

Ainslie's work as an acoustic blues performer has a different spin from most. In addition to good chops on slide and ragtime blues guitar and strong vocals; he's bringing twenty years of scholarship, and fieldwork with older blues and gospel musicians. His live shows include enough of the stories and background on the tunes to allow the songs to take their full-size in the experience of the audience. People go home slyly better educated about the history and genesis of the music, and I believe--knowing something of their origins--are moved more deeply by the tunes.

In addition to his performing life, Ainslie wrote 'the book' on Mississippi Blues legend Robert Johnson, "Robert Johnson/At The Crossroads" which contained complete transcriptions of his recordings, complete annotated lyrics with all the black idioms explained, a biography and historical notes introducing each song. It lasted a decade in the fickle music press and he's hoping to have it back in a second edition in 2005.

Ainslie also has a teaching video, "Robert Johnson's Guitar Techniques," on Starlicks 'Master Sessions' series and three blues CDs ["Jealous of the Moon", "Terraplane", and "You Better Lie Down". He tours widely playing festivals, clubs, community concert series, and works in educational settings as a visiting artist with programs on the African roots of American music, using live performances of Delta and Ragtime blues, gospel, and jazz to illustrate the history of American roots and pop music.

Web resources are below, including two archived performances at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage from October, 2002 and July, 2003 at the site, and archived editions of his BluesNotes emailings, as well as a cut from his upcoming CD, "The Feral Crow" (October, 2004) are at

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Cattail Music, Ltd.

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Archived live performances at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage: programs/millennium/search_results.cfm? w=500



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Steven Forrest

Authentic modern acoustic blues, brilliantly executed
"Terraplane" provides a quick tour of the history of
acoustic blues while sounding fresh and immediate. Ainslie's
voice is always strong and honest. He manages to work in a
very traditional genre without ever going monkey-see,
monkey-do, over his "influences."