(Richard Sleigh, Stubby, Pete Jogo, Bill Besecker, John "JT" Thompson, Andy Tolins)
Chicago, Swing, Delta, Jug-Band, Jazz and Soul are some of the many styles that The Triple A Blues Band brings to each performance. Named in honor of the many minor-league baseball teams that barnstorm the country, the band continues that tradition, playing not for glory or wealth, but for the love of the game. Anchored by guitarist Andy Tolins' mastery of the fretboard and deep vocals, Triple A has been slamming home runs with original and eclectic Blues since 1991. Featuring Bill Besecker on vocals, JT Thompson on keyboards, Pete Jogo on bass , and Stubby on drums.
The Triple A Blues Band's first CD, Highwater, won first prize in the Billboard/Musician Magazines' "Best Unsigned Band Competition" for best song writing and musicianship. The band is in top form as it winds its way through a world of blues styles, from the brooding "Highwater" to the jugband-blues sound of "Biscuits." They perform swing, old folk blues, electric blues, and blues standards.Click to buy CD.
The title track, Pork Chop Money, is a story of a billiards tournament and the characters in the world of pool hustling.
"High Water was always going to be a hard act to follow, but Pork Chop Money manages to maintain the streak" says Gordon Baxter from Blues On Stage.
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They opened in larger venues for blues mainstays such as Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown, the late Johnny 'Clyde' Copeland, Buddy Guy, Tinsley Ellis, Derek Trucks, and Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson. They perform with national acts and at regional festivals and clubs throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, and New Jersey.
The band performs regularly as the house band on Friday nights from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Zeno's on the corner of College and Allen Streets, in downtown State College, Pennsylvania.