Bio

Andy Tolins is a guitarist, bassist and vocalist, who also plays dobro, mandolin and table steel. He is an accomplished songwriter, bandleader, and producer; winner of Billboard Magazine’s 1999 Best Unsigned Band award for “High Water” by the Triple A Blues Band.

Andy has been performing full time in Central Pennsylvania and beyond for close to 30 years. His focus has been live American roots music, fronting his own blues and bluegrass bands every week (Wednesday and Fridays) at Zeno’s Pub in State College since 1991. He has been lead guitarist and contributing vocalist in the classic rock band “The Screaming Ducks” since 1988. He collaborates often with keyboardist, John “JT” Thompson, performing as “Thompson and Tolins” on the 1st Sunday of each month at Webster’s Cafe and Bookstore in State College. Before forming his bluegrass group “Haystack Lightnin’,” he performed for many years with his late wife, Susan Kemper, in their band “Red Apple Juice”. He loves performing live – building on the club’s energy and vibe, and is always learning to keep it fresh and spontaneous for each performance.

At this site you can find songs recorded over the years and will be able to purchase and download selections from his various CD projects. The best is yet to come, so please stop by often as we continue to add and refine this site’s content.

Triple A Blues Band

The Triple A Blues Band first performed at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in 1991 and been a constant standard bearer of live blues ever since in Central PA.
Winner of Billboard Magazine’s “Best Unsigned Band” award in 1999 for their album “Highwater”,
they were selected from over 1300 entries for their songwriting and musicianship.
Playing nearly every Friday for the last 25 years, the band can be found at Zeno’s Pub in State College for happy hours. 7:00-9:00. A typical Triple A show will run the gamut from Delta and Country Blues, to Chicago, Jump, Swing, and Soul with a good dose of their own compositions.

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Triple A Blues Band

Haystack Lightnin’

Vinnie Searfoss: Banjo;  John Kennedy: Bass;  Steve Buckalew: Violin, Mandolin & Vocals;  Andy Tolins: Guitar & Vocals.

Haystack Lightnin’ is a Central Pennsylvania based band that specializes in original and traditional bluegrass and new grass tunes. They have released two CD’s “Sue’s Ramble” and “Haystack Lightnin’.”

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Screaming Ducks

The Screaming Ducks have been a force for Classic Rock mayhem in Centre County for over 30 years. Performing thousands of bar gigs and special events over the years has not diminished the band’s energy and enthusiasm. Led by John Cunningham on guitar, John “Bubba” Beschler on drums and vocals, Andy Tolins on guitar and vocals, Kenny Volz on guitar and vocals, and John Kennedy on bass, the band has played numerous times at The State Theatre in State College and many many other venues in the region. They’re and regular addition to the Boalsburg Memorial Day festivities, and can often be found at local haunts; The Arena, and Cafe 210.

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Thompson & Tolins

John “JT” Thompson and Andy Tolins have collaborators with many Central Pa musicians over the past 30 years. Together they form a duo that cover their original material along with classic blues and jazz standards. You can catch the the first Sunday of every month during brunch from 12:00 – 2:00 at Webster’s Cafe’ in State College.

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