The Nickel Slots take you on a journey through hard times and desperation that always carries hope that better things are just around the corner. With influence from early roots Americana music as well as a touch of rebellious '70s punk, The Nickel Slots draw the line that connects Johnny Cash to The Clash. From the sentimental folk tune to the foot-stomping, raucous sing-along, their alt-country rock songs bring you back to a long-lost memory or shared experience of pain, joy, heartache, love, hope, and redemption. Performing together since November 2008, the band has built a devoted following in their home base of Sacramento. They gained notoriety as a song from their debut album spent a month in rotation on KWOD 106.5 FM's Sounds of Sacramento series before that station's demise in May 2009.
Lead singer and acoustic guitarist Tony Brusca writes songs that tell unique stories and has a knack for connecting with audiences. Bassist and mandolin player Paul Zinn's backing vocals add an extra dimension to Tony's melodies, and his bass lines just can't sit still. Christopher Amaral, The Nickel Slots' versatile drummer, lays down train beats and adds distinctive power to the band's sound. His brother and Sammie Award-winning electric guitarist Steve Amaral throws down tasteful licks that dance across the line between rock and country.
Headlining the Sacramento Concerts in the Park series in June 2010, The Nickel Slots began their busiest summer yet. A tour of Northern California and Oregon was surrounded by performances at the California State Fair, the Sacramento Zoo's Twilight Thursday Rat Rod Car Show, the Yolo County Fair, the Downtown Davis Friday Night Concert Series, a special acoustic set on KPIG radio's legendary "Please Stand By," and KMAX-TV's "Good Day Sacramento." As 2010 comes to a close, The Nickel Slots earned the Sammie Award for Outstanding Country/Americana Band, and are beginning work on their second album, due out next spring. The best is yet to come.