"We're all shakin' the hand of fate;
hoping that Heaven is a slow movin' freight..."
Andy Tolins is an award-winning guitarist, songwriter, and singer. His repertoire includes bluegrass, celtic, blues, rock& roll, and swing. Tolins sings and arranges both his own tunes and traditional fiddle tunes, blues, and other roots-oriented music. He plays guitars, National steel, mandolin, and dobro, and technique has earned him a reputation as a fine soloist. He arranges and produces both his music and that of other musicians as well.
Listen to Andy play a bit from the song Quicksilver, © 2004, a song he arranged and recorded solo--in his Mom's walk-in closet.
Tolins also leads both the Triple A Blues Band and the Tolins' Bluegrass Revue. Triple A's debut CD, Highwater, earned Billboard/Musician Magazine's Best Unsigned Band Competion. The quintet is a powerhouse of urban and country blues, featuring Tolins' vocals and steel and electric guitars, accompanied by organ, piano, and wailing harmonica. The band released Pork Chop Money--click here to buy it, their second CD, and are working on a new project now.
Tolins' Bluegrass Revue is a bluegrass- and folk- driven quartet whose music features classic and contemporary bluegrass, country, and fiddle tunes, and Tolins' original tunes.
Tolins' also is a member of the The Screaming Ducks, the favorite classic rock & roll band in the State College region.
Tolins is active in the local chapter of the International Musician's Union, A.F. of M. Local 660. He teaches music and works with many musicians in the area, and is also known as a fine cook within the State College community.