Bound for France

Van illustration from The Green Escape logo

The Nickel Slots are headed to FRANCE in July! We have been invited to play at The Green Escape Music Festival in Craponne-sur-Arzon, France this summer. The festival runs July 27, 28, and 29. The Nickel Slots will kick it into high gear by headlining the opening night, Friday, July 27th. The Green Escape Music Festival (formerly […]

“Old Guitar” video rotating in May

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Our music video for “Old Guitar” was chosen for regular rotation on IndiMusic TV for the month of May! All month they’ll play the video several times a day. You can watch IndiMusic TV on their streaming channel available at, or on ROKU, Amazon Fire TV, Flipps, Film On, and TikiLive (look for IndiMusic TV in […]

A Show 35 Years in the Making

Blasters poster

I’m beyond excited about our February 20th show at Harlow’s with L.A. rockabilly legends The Blasters! I first saw The Blasters on Monday, March 14, 1983 at Mojos in Arcata, California. Don’t look for the club cuz it’s long gone. But The Blasters are still rockin’ and rollin’ their signature American music. Back in 1983 I […]

New music video for Old Guitar

The Nickel Slots

We all have passions that help us write our life’s songs.  My biggest joys in life are my wife, Molly, the people close to me and my music… pianos, lyrics, drums and yes… Old Guitars. Old Guitar was inspired by the 1957 Martin guitar my father, Gary, played in college. My siblings and I would bang […]

Belgium, here we come!

Belgian flag

The Nickel Slots are headed back to our “home away from home,” Belgium! Yes, we’ll be back in the land of beer and chocolate this summer, playing shows from June 30th through July 9th. We did our first Belgian tour in 2012 and our second in 2014. This time we are booking with some friends we […]

Performing behind bars

Chris leaning against a wall

On Thursday we played the Beveren State Prison. We’d heard from other bands that playing a prison show was cool so we decided to give it a go this tour. Beveren Prison is brand new, a state-of-the-art facility just opened this spring. Each cell has a TV and computer with limited internet access. The grounds are […]

Friday the 13th at the Big Rivers Festival

Crowd at our show at the Big Rivers Festival

TNS show number 10 took us back up to The Netherlands to a town called Dordrecht and their annual Big Rivers Festival. Big Rivers is a 3-day music festival with a Mardi Gras theme…lots of beads and colorful jester hats. It was still raining hard when we climbed back into the black van for the hour-plus […]

Like a Race Horse Running!

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So a few years back I decided to take up running. I started getting winded partway through the second set and decided it was time to start moving around off the stage and stop counting “shows” as “workouts.” I’d tried running on the track team back in junior high. (You didn’t have to try out […]