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Front cover art for "Pack up All Regrets"

Our new album Pack up All Regrets is now available! Thanks to all of you who joined us at the Palms Playhouse for the release show. That was an amazing night, and a great beginning for the album. For those of you who couldn’t be there, you can now get Pack up All Regrets from our […]

New album drops February 22nd!

Front cover art for "Pack up All Regrets"

Happy 2019 from The Nickel Slots! 2019 is here and we are ready to release our new album Pack up All Regrets. As with our past albums, we recorded and mixed with the amazingly talented Joe Johnston at his recording studio, The Pus Cavern, in Sacramento. We are excited to get the music out to you all! […]

Sunday Demos

Photo of Tony's music room

Ever wonder where Nickel Slots songs come from? Well, songwriter Tony Brusca is constantly coming up with ideas to share with the band. Tony records all his work and shares songs he thinks may work for The Nickel Slots. As you wait for the new Nickel Slots album to be released this February, we thought […]

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

The Nickel Slots

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Relive our night opening for Bob Seger


Back on March 9th of 2015, The Nickel Slots had an opportunity to open for the legendary Bob Seger. He had rescheduled the Sacramento stop on his 2015 “Ride Out” tour and needed a local opener. Bob’s management approached Andy Hawk at 98 Rock and asked for a recommendation for a local act. Andy recommended The Nickel […]

We remember our first concerts. What was yours?

Photo of a concert audience - My first concert was...

Kenny here, this time to share some stories and pass out some goodies! Everyone remembers the first concert they ever went to. My Uncle Jerry dragged me to a Johnny Cash show when I was 11 and slipped me a few beers in the parking lot. But I’ll save that story for later. The Nickel […]

The Nickel Slots return to Harlow’s

Photo by Jason Knight

The Nickel Slots are returning to Harlow’s Restaurant and Night Club on Friday, February 5th. We’re excited to share the stage there again with Joy and Madness, one of our favorite local Sacramento bands. This night will be a mix of Americana, Alt Country and Rock & Roll from us, and some Funk and Blue-Eyed Soul […]

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 […]

Live video: Alive & Kicking TV, Jack Gibson

The Nickel Slots onstage with Jack Gibson (Exodus)

I got two new live videos of The Nickel Slots for ya. First, from a show at Toot’s Tavern in early January with Coffin Hunter. That band is fronted by Jack Gibson, bassist for Exodus, and he joined the Slots on banjo for their song “One Foot in the Gutter.” The first ever banjo solo […]

Nickel Slots to open for Bob Seger

Bob Seger logo

Whoa! The boys are playing at Sleep Train Arena on Monday, opening for one of my favorite rock n’ rollers, Bob Seger! When his show was moved from March 3 to March 9 he needed a new opening act, and he asked The Nickel Slots to do the job. Tickets are still available, so if […]

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 […]

New music video: “On the Wall”


On Tuesday, August 19th, The Nickel Slots released our new music video for “On The Wall” from our third album, Let It Ride. The video was directed by Jason Knight and Sean Kime, who also directed our video for “The Devil’s Chain Gang.” We are very proud of this video, and it was a pleasure […]

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 […]

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 […]

Headed for Europe again

Airplane over a map of Europe

Hey y’all, Kenny Franklin Valentine here to tell you what’s up with The Nickel Slots in June. Woodland on Saturday I’m always fired up when the Slots play my hometown of Woodland, and this Saturday (June 7th) I’ll be full-on fired up! Not just Woodland, but one of my favorite bars, the Stag. I have […]

“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: Behind the scenes in the studio

Tony wearing headphones and singing in the studio control room

The boys have been recording their third album “Let It Ride” since late last year. They let me bring my camera into the studio, so you get to see a little of the magic being made. Check it out! –Kenny

Video blog: Happy Holidays 2013


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 […]

One film fest and lots of shirts

Movie theater screen with people talking on stage in front of it

Hey y’all, Kenny Franklin Valentine here to tell you what’s up with The Nickel Slots in August. Roll the projectors The boys’ very cool music video for their song “The Devil’s Chain Gang” was just accepted into the Sacramento Film and Music Festival. I’m no Roger Ebert, but that seems pretty awesome to me! Save […]

Video blog: House concert winner, new song “Float Around”

Chris draws the winning slip of paper out of Tony's hat while Steve watches

The boys recorded a video blog this week to do the drawing for their house concert contest. I tossed my name into the hat, but they said I ain’t eligible to win. The video’s also got some practice footage of a new song called “Float Around.” Check it out! Links to stuff they mentioned: Old […]

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 […]

Video blog: Free download, behind the scenes at the shoot

Tony singing into a videocamera

The boys recorded another video blog for y’all this week. In this one they drop some behind-the-scenes footage from the “The Devil’s Chain Gang” video shoot on you and tell you how downloading a free MP3 of the song can help them in a Hard Rock Cafe contest. Check it out! To download and vote, […]

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 […]

A sale now, a video and an article soon

Videocameras in front of drum kit

Hey y’all, Kenny Franklin Valentine here to tell you what’s up with The Nickel Slots in December. It’s in the can I done told you that the boys were planning their first music video for “The Devil’s Chain Gang.” Well, it ain’t a plan anymore! They shot it yesterday right here in Woodland, and I […]

Thanksgiving weekend is about your Hips

The Mother Hips' logo

Hey y’all, Kenny Franklin Valentine here to tell you what’s up with The Nickel Slots in November. Third time’s a charm The boys are really excited to announce a show with The Mother Hips! These guys are legendary Bay Area rockers. If you’re skeptical because you remember a couple of previous cancellations when the Slots […]

Video blog: practice pad tour, new song “Dry Town”

Paul giving a tour of The Nickel Slots' practice pad

The boys recorded a video blog for y’all this week, a new thing they’re gonna do every so often. In this one they give you a tour of their practice pad, explain some background about their November 10th show in Davis, and give you a rehearsal preview of a new song. Check it out! –Kenny

“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 […]

One in Sac, one in the Bay


Hey y’all, Kenny Franklin Valentine here to tell you what’s up with The Nickel Slots in August. Back home and playin’ Belgium and Holland will never be the same, I hear. The boys tore it up over there and left behind a bunch of new fans who can’t wait for ‘em to visit again. I […]

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 […]

From festivals to clubs

The Nickel Slots posing with the owners of Het Keizershof

Throughout this tour of Belgium and The Netherlands we’ve had a variety of shows. We started with a town square, a biker hotel, and two festivals where we had a great time and met some wonderful people. But there is nothing like a club show on a weeknight to see how a community gathers together […]

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 […]

Family in Bonn, Germany

Steve, Tony, and Chris backstage at Bob Dylan's show in Bonn

About a year and half ago I became good friends with one of the dads whose son was on my son Bryan’s baseball team.  One day at their practice we started talking and the first thing he recognized was the Exploited T-shirt that I was wearing, so naturally the conversation moved to music.  It was […]

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 […]

June: A special show in a cool venue

The Nickel Slots onstage at the Woodland Opera House

Hey y’all, Kenny Franklin Valentine here to tell you what’s up with The Nickel Slots in June. Classin’ it up I’m real excited ’cause the next show the boys are playin’ is right in my hometown, Woodland CA! They’re doin’ a show at the Woodland Opera House on Saturday with Roadhouse 5, the band that […]

Concert in the Park!

Concerts in the Park 2012 logo

Hey y’all, Kenny Franklin Valentine here to tell you what’s up with The Nickel Slots in May. Summertime comes early The boys are playin’ only one show this month, but it’s a big one. For the third year in a row they’re headlining at Sacramento’s Friday Night Concerts in the Park series! I’ve brought the […]

Recently discovered live video!

The Nickel Slots live at the Apple Store in San Francisco, CA.

We wanted to share this rare live video of our performance at the Apple Store in San Francisco on February 10, 2012. Longtime Sacramento promoter Jerry Perry arranged an in-store appearance for The Nickel Slots. This video recently arrived in an unmarked box, inside a film canister with no note or explanation. We had a great time […]

Two shows this Saturday April 28th!


Yes it’s true, The Nickel Slots have two shows this coming Saturday. On April 28th we will be performing at the Northern California NAMIWalk at William Land Park right here in Sacramento!  We will take the stage at 10am. and the event will wrap up around noon. Then later that night we return to Hotel Utah in […]

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 […]

The new website is here!

TNS Placeholder

Hey y’all, Kenny Franklin Valentine here to tell you what’s up with The Nickel Slots in April. I’m a good friend of these guys. They wrote a couple songs about me that you might know. Anyway, one of the books that the Yolo Hilton lets inmates borrow is about web stuff, and I’ve had a […]