Country Music News International “Pick Song of The Week” May 13. 2013

Country Music News International “Pick Song of The Week” is from California
based band The Nickel Slots. The Song Devil’s Chaingang is a great
almost hypnotic foot tapping sing-a-long you can’t resist turning
Fresh off of the release of their music
video for “The Devil’s Chain Gang,” which is being accepted
into film festivals, The Nickel Slots are channeling that excitement
into new creative projects. The band has previously won two
consecutive Sammie Awards for Outstanding Americana/Alt-Country, and
in 2012 wowed audiences in venues both large and small on a European
tour. 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.” They are currently focused on
developing new songs for their next studio album, which they will
begin recording later this year.
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, individual
Sammie Award winner electric guitarist Steve Amaral, throws down
tasteful licks that dance across the line between rock and country.
 Lee Cherry
The New
for Country Music News International

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