This Month's Show
with special guest
March 5, 2016
Scott Ainslie began his love affair with music at the age of three, when he began picking out melodies from the records his mother listened to during the day on the piano. He has been a musician every since. Armed with a variety of instruments, including vintage guitars, a fretless gourd banjo, a none-string, homemade “diddley bow” (also known as a cigar box guitar), he brings the history and roots of music to life. His performances present a palette of sounds and stories that delight the ear, awaken the mind and satisfy the heart.
A Phi Beta Kappa and honors graduate of Washington &
Lee University, Scott cultivated a powerful affinity for cross -cultural
exchange during the Civil Rights era. He studied with elder musicians, skilled
in the Old-Time Southern Appalachian fiddle and banjo traditions as well as
Black Gospel and Blues. He plays this music with affection, authority and power.
He is a masterful and thoughtful historian, storyteller and musician, whose easy
conversational style both entices and delights his audiences.
Scott has transcribed the original recordings of Delta
blues legend, Robert Johnson and has published a book about him, Robert
Johnson/At the Crossroads (Hal Leonard, 1992.) He also has issued an
instructional DVD, “Robert Johnson’s Guitar Techniques’”(Hal Leonard,
1997. The most recent of his six solo CDS is “The Last Shot Got Him”, an
award-winning collection of songs played on a 1934 Gibson archtop guitar.
Scott has received numerous awards and grants for his work
documenting and presenting traditional music. He has been a Public Fellow at
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and received grants from the National
Endowment for the Arts and the Folklife Section of the North Carolina Arts
Fans will recognize Abbie Gardner as a member of the band,
Red Molly. Now that the band has taken a hiatus from performing, Abbie is
launching a solo career.
A singer, songwriter and Dobro player, her music is both sweet and gritty, and
as varied as her background. Abbie’s love of music began at an early age.
She attended her first bluegrass festival at the age of three. Her father is
Herb Gardner, swing jazz and stride pianist and Dixieland trombonist.
Watching him laugh when he went to work each day was her first introduction to
the joys of music. She grew up studying classical flute, but found her main
instrument when she began playing the Dobro in 2004.
Abbie’s first full-length recording, “My Craziest
Dream” (released in 2004) is an album of jazz standards featuring her father
on piano. It earned at entry in Hal Leonard’s 2009 book, The Jazz Singers: The
Ultimate Guide.” Solo CDS quickly followed, including “Honey on My Grave,”
(2006), “Bad Nights/Better Days” (2008) with Anthony da Costa and “Hope;
Tales of Love and Loss” (2011.) An awarding-winning songwriter, her accolades
include that of Grand Prize Lyric Winner from American Songwriter Magazine.
During 2010 and 2011, she was a member of the songwriting faculty at the
Swannanoa Gatherings. She wrote and released a song a week for one year as part
of the 2013 Real Women, Real Songs project.