Eric Clapton has called Delta blues legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Robert Johnson “the most important blues musician who ever lived.” Washington and Lee alumnus Scott Ainslie would no doubt agree. Next year is the 100th anniversary of Johnson’s birth and the 25th anniversary of his recordings, and Scott has created a one-man show that explores Johnson’s music, times, and life story.
A year ago we blogged about Scott when newspapers in New England were writing about his 2008 CD, “Thunders’ Mouth.” The 1974 W&L alum has been both studying and teaching Johnson’s techniques for years. He has produced an instructional DVD that teaches Johnson’s “signature licks.”
Below, you can watch Scott perform a Johnson favorite, “Kind Hearted Woman,” during a live concert in Scott’s hometown of Brattleboro, Vermont, from last November: