Dale LaDuke

Dale LaDuke

Dale LaDuke was born in Grosse Pointe Michigan (suburb of Detroit). He began singing in church choirs when he was 8 years old and was principal  solist and president of his high school choir, as well as trumpet player in the high school band. He went on to sing with the Michigan State Honors Choir and the Michigan State Fair Choir.

A songwriter from the beginning, Dale was determined to observe humanity at all levels, and to this end spent several years traveling around the country as an itinerant street peddler, finally settling in Los Angeles.

He was one of the founders of the popular Southern California country band “Five Wheel Drive” that was one of five finalists (and the only country band) in the first Yahoo Music Awards. The band was flown to the red carpet Yahoo awards show at Studio 54 in Manhattan that featured performances by David Bowie, Issac Hayes, Allanis Morriset and many others. The group recorded two demos for Warner Bros. Nashville, before finally disbanding. He then co-founded the folk group “Kaedmon” which went on to be a top pick of 2006 by both Music Connection magazine and KSUN radio.

Dale’s song “The Lone Ranger”has won or been nominated for several awards; most recently for “Single of The Year” at the Los Angeles Music Awards.

Dale is also a sought after music teacher in LA, teaching several instruments, songwriting and music theory.

Scott Ainslie

ImageStarting out after hearing the recently departed Virginia Bluesman John Jackson in 1967, Ainslie has been immersed in Blues and American traditional music. Ainslie took an independent BA in Music Theory and Composition from Washington & Lee University, and graduated Magna Cum Laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 1974. He has worked in avante garde and Broadway theater productions, toured in Europe under the auspices of the United States Information Service, and in addition to touring nationally and internationally has worked as an artist in educational settings, presenting teaching concerts on the African roots of American music. These popular teaching concerts illustrate America’s hidden music history with live performances of worksongs, blues, gospel and jazz. Ainslie is a mesmerizing historian and inspired musician who has a deep reverence for the tradition and history of the music he presents.

Drawing on the musical legacies of Delta Blues legends Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters, the East Coast’s Blind Blake, and Durham’s own Reverend Gary Davis and Blind Boy Fuller; Scott is a noted performer and scholar with more than a decade of experience teaching elements of African and African-American music to students of all ages, both in the classroom and from the stage.

Coming of age during the Civil Rights era, Scott continues to have a deep reverence and affection for cross-racial exchange and approaches the tradition with the care and respect it is due. Scott honors the African and American roots of the tradition and presents a mesmerizing tour of both the music and the history of the Blues.

His newest cd Thunder’s Mouth is riding high on the charts for XM Radio’s Bluesville. More about Scott at cattailmusic.com

Caroline Aiken

ImageCaroline’s performances are known for emanating a high level of infectious energy and jaw dropping guitar playing. Her genre spans many style, from rock, blues, folk and country to southern roots. She is not only an accomplished singer/songwriter but also a respected musician that can cut it up on a 12-string guitar and woo the crowds with her piano ballads.

She has recorded and shared stages with The Indigo Girls and Bonnie Raitt (1985-2005) in venues such as San Antonio’s Majestic Theater, Denver’s Red Rocks, and Berkeley’s Greek Theater. Caroline’s performance history includes headlining at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas;  the Mendocino Music Festival and High Sierra Music Festivals in Texas; the Bumbershoot and Folk Life Festival in Seattle; the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in New York and more.

In May 2006, she embarked on a 2-month European tour including an invitation to be the first woman guitarist to teach and perform at the famed Schörndorf Guitar Festival in Germany. She also plays in England, Wales, Germany, Belgium and Holland to sold-out crowds. She returned to the U.S. to headline at the prestigious Mendocino Music Festival to standing ovations, and headliner for the Kerrville Wine and Music Festival and ending the year at the Moab Music Festival in Utah.