The Nickel Slots: Electronic Press Kit


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 rocking Americana brings you back to a long-lost memory or shared experience of pain, joy, heartache, love, hope, and redemption.

The Nickel Slots began performing together in November 2008, and the following spring a song from their debut album spent a month in rotation on KWOD 106.5 FM’s Sounds of Sacramento series. In 2010, 2011, and 2015 The Nickel Slots won Sammie Awards for Outstanding Americana/Alt-Country, they also won the Sammie for Live Performer in 2015. Their second album Five Miles Gone prompted SubMerge Magazine to say that it “…will make a serious bid to be the soundtrack of your summer.” The band has toured twice in Europe, winning over audiences in venues both large and small, and in March 2015 shared the stage with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band at their concert at Sleep Train Arena. Their debut music video for “The Devil’s Chain Gang” won Best US Music Video at the 2015 American Online Film Awards, two awards at the 2013 Sacramento Film and Music Festival, and in early 2015 began garnering airplay on several music video TV networks, shows, and websites. In 2016 they were inducted into the Sammie Hall of Fame. 2017 has seen the release of their new music video for “Old Guitar” as well as a third tour to Europe. The band has also released three tribute songs for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, available exclusively on iTunes. For the 2017 Holiday Season, They will release a music video for their original Christmas song “A Shot and a Beer for Christmas.” 2017/2018 the band will continue recording their 4th album.

Lead singer, songwriter, and acoustic guitarist Tony Brusca’s songs tell unique stories and he 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, individual Sammie Award winner electric guitarist Steve Amaral, throws down tasteful licks that dance across the line between rock and country.


Song download – “The Devil’s Chain Gang”

Official logo – stacked (PDF)

Official logo – horizontal (JPG)

High-res photos

Promo photo 1
Photo by Kiny McCarrick. L to R: Steve Amaral, Christopher B. Amaral,
Paul Zinn, & Tony Brusca

Promo photo 2
Photo by Pat Johnson. L to R: Steve Amaral, Paul Zinn,
Christopher B. Amaral, & Tony Brusca

Promo photo 3
Photo by Jason Knight. Back row L to R: Tony Brusca and Paul Zinn,
front row L to R: Steve Amaral and Christopher B. Amaral

Technical info

Stage plot & input list (PDF)

Backline requirements:

  • Guitar amp: Fender tube amp, preferably a Hot Rod Deluxe or Hot Rod DeVille
  • Bass amp: Genz-Benz or Hartke preferred
  • Drums: 4-piece or 5-piece kit with cymbals