Be in our music video!

Christmas video shoot

Hey, Nickel Slots fans! You’ve seen our first two music videos, for “The Devil’s Chain Gang” and “On the Wall.” We had a lot of fun making them with Jason Knight, Sean Kime, and their team. Now we’re about to shoot our third, and we need your help! We’re making a video for “A Shot […]

Our Christmas EP is here!

Christmas With The Nickel Slots cover

Happy Holidays, everyone! Several times The Nickel Slots have done special hometown holiday shows in December, learning a few Christmas songs to play for the occasion. These shows ended up being some of our favorite, and we enjoyed sharing our take on classic Christmas songs with our fans, so we decided to record some of these songs. […]

Another music video gets the spotlight

The Nickel Slots

We are excited to announce that we are doing a worldwide promotion of another Nickel Slots music video! Six months ago we kicked off a campaign with Steve Baker of Visual Image Marketing to promote our “The Devil’s Chain Gang” video, and it got us played on dozens of music video networks, over 15 music […]

Our first music video takes a big step

The Devil's Chain Gang

We were recently contacted by veteran Nashville music video promoter Steve Baker, who had seen our video for “The Devil’s Chain Gang” and loved it. Steve wanted to help us reach a wider audience with the video, and we jumped at the chance to work with someone of his reputation. The promotion we are doing with […]

Happy Holidays, and the Sammies are back

The band performing at its practice pad

We made a video last night to wish you all Happy Holidays! Here it is. Bonus: it’s got our brand-new original Christmas song, all about a wish from one Mr. Valentine. Enjoy the season, everyone! Also, nominations are now open for the 2015 Sammies (Sacramento Area Music Awards). Wouldn’t it be cool to see The […]

Video blog: The other Belgium

Photo of the Bouillon countryside

Belgium really is two countries. And it’s not just the language. Yes, people in Flanders speak Dutch and people in Wallonia speak French, and generally only the former learn additional languages. But there are other differences, too. Our first tour here two years ago was only in Flanders, so Friday’s trip to Bouillon, close to […]

“Let It Ride” releases May 2nd–free previews here!

"Let It Ride" cover art

After five months of blood, sweat, and broken strings in the recording studio, our third album is complete! It’s called Let It Ride, and we are releasing it at our Concert in the Park on Friday May 2nd. But we can’t wait until then to share these songs with you, so every day from now […]

Video blog: Happy Holidays 2013

HollyJolly

Here’s a holiday greeting and a special song for all of our fans. Thank you for your support!

And the award goes to…us!

Jason Knight in front of the Crest, holding the three awards

Our music video for “The Devil’s Chain Gang” took home three awards at the Sacramento Film and Music Festival! We attended the festival on Saturday night, along with the video’s directors Jason Knight and Sean Kime, and had a great time watching it on the big screen at the Crest Theatre in between several other […]

Slots on the big screen

Sacramento Film and Music Festival logo

Update 09/02/2013: Join the band and the video’s directors after the screening to celebrate at Gallagher’s Irish Pub! Last month we were excited to learn that our music video for “The Devil’s Chain Gang” was accepted into the Sacramento Film and Music Festival. We’re very proud of the video and thankful to directors Jason Knight […]

Your very own Nickel Slots house concert!

Three band members around one mic with Chris on congas

We’re busy right now booking shows for this summer in large outdoor venues: festivals, park concerts, county fairs and such. To make sure we don’t get too bored with these wide open spaces, we want to play at least one intimate show. So we’re going to give one lucky Nickel Slots fan a house concert […]

Our Lucky Seven albums

Slot machine readout showing all 7s

You already know what the four of us sound like as The Nickel Slots, but not as much about the music that brought us to this point. We want to take you backstage to get a look at those influences. And given a certain song of ours, it seemed appropriate for each of us to […]

“Fare Thee Well” across Belgium

The Nickel Slots performing live

I brought my Flip video camera on tour with us this summer, and whenever I managed to remember I handed it to a roadie/friend/promoter and asked them to take some footage at our shows. We usually ended up with about five songs recorded from each show, so apparently five songs is the common attention span […]

Beer wonderland

The Nickel Slots each holding a beer

I’m a beer snob. I won’t claim full connoisseur status because I have several friends who know far more than I do about beer and a few who even brew their own, but I’m always looking to try new beers instead of relying on a basic Bud or Miller. So when The Nickel Slots decided […]

Festival Saturday

Paul and Tony onstage at Zomerfeest

Usually, Saturday is a day for relaxing. Watch the game, chill with friends, go do something carefree. But on this tour, Saturday was for workin’. The Nickel Slots played four sets yesterday at two different festivals. The first “festival,” called Eddy Rock, earned those quote marks because it felt like someone’s backyard party. The yard […]

Five Thousand Miles Gone

Airplane over a map of Europe

Actually, it’s more than that many miles to get from Sacramento to Gierle, Belgium, closer to 5500. But however you count it, we’re less than a week from leaving on our first European tour! After playing in rock bands for years this is something that each of us has had on his bucket list, and […]

No show Friday 4/20

Poster for the show with The Mother Hips, with The Nickel Slots crossed out

We are sorry to report that we are no longer playing Friday night April 20th at Toot’s Tavern. We apologize for the late notice, but just found out this afternoon that we’ve been dropped from the bill. Don’t blame this on The Mother Hips or their management: the facts we do know indicate that they’ve […]

Our bottom end gets a makeover

Reverend Mercalli 5 bass in case

Go ahead and take a good, long look at the photo. I know that it’s at least caught your peripheral vision. You don’t need to read the rest of the entry first, it’s OK. I’ll wait. Damn, isn’t that beautiful? That’s my new Reverend Mercalli 5 bass in violin flame maple, which I’ve had the […]