Special Guests

Nashville ROCKNPOD Expo / Special Guests

THE POWERHOUSE SINGER'S BAND PROJECT 222 FEATURES THE LEGENDARY STEVE LYNCH OF AUTOGRAPH We’re happy to announce that Nashville recording artist Alena Rae will be a guest at ROCKNPOD! Singer. Songwriter. Actress. Equestrian. Philanthropist. All of these words describe Alena Rae, but nothing comes close to capturing the full range of talent, heart and soul of Nashville’s hottest rising star. Just don’t call her a diva. Alena’s what other divas wish they could be if they had enough guts and thick skin. She and her band ground it out in smoky clubs and dive bars for years before catching on with radio stations and fans. They built their following the hard way; one listener at a time, one spin at a time, one...

THE GUITARIST SCORED GUITAR MAGAZINE'S GUITAR SOLO OF THE YEAR ALONG WITH A TOP 30 SINGLE We’re thrilled to announce that former Autograph guitarist Steve Lynch will be a guest at  ROCKNPOD! Steve Lynch (born January 18, 1955 in Seattle, Washington), also known as The Two-Handed Guitarist, is an American hard rock/heavy metal guitarist, as well as an instructor for the Guitar Institute of Technology, the famous guitar department in the Musician's Institute of Los Angeles. He decided to commit himself to music and the guitar the day of Jimi Hendrix's passing on September 18, 1970. In addition to Jimi Hendrix, Lynch's early musical influences came from late-1960s and early-1970s British musicians, such as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and The Beatles. He originally played...

THE PLATINUM SELLING GUITARIST IS WILL BE APPEARING AT ROCKNPOD We’re thrilled to announce that KIX & Rhino Bucket guitarist Brian “Damage” Forsythe will be a returning guest at  ROCKNPOD! KIX, formed in Hagerstown, MD in 1977, have released seven studio albums and are still going strong today. From the self-titled debut in 1981 to 1988’s megawatt rocker ‘Blow My Fuse’ to 2014’s well-recieved ‘Rock Your Face Off,’ KIX continues to thrill rock fans around the world.  When not working with KIX, Brian is also rocking stages in the reformed Rhino Bucket and participated in their last four studio albums including the stunning 2017 release ‘The Last Real Rock n’ Roll.’ Brian will be at ROCKNPOD meeting fans, signing autographs, and recording with some...

GRAMMY NOMINATED ARTIST AND LEAD SINGER OF FEAR FACTORY & ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS We’re excited to announce that Burton C. Bell will be joining us at ROCKNPOD! Burton C. Bell is a Grammy nominated artist, an original founder, vocalist, writer and designer of the influential, industrial / metal band Fear Factory. Since 1990, Fear Factory has recorded 10 full length albums, inspired by the concepts of “man vs. machine”. Fear Factory toured the world relentlessly, supporting major acts like Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, and Metallica. In 1999 Fear Factory earned a gold record for their concept album OBSOLETE. Burton was the vocalist for Geezer Butler’s (Black Sabbath) first solo endeavor G//Z/R, with the album PLASTIC PLANET.  Burton created the...

THE AUTHOR WRITTEN MORE MUSIC REVIEWS THAN ANYONE ELSE IN THE HISTORY OF THE INDUSTRY HAS AUTHORED OVER 85 FOCUSING ON HARD ROCK, HEAVY METAL AND CLASSIC ROCK We’re excited to announce that writer/podcaster Martin Popoff will be joining us at ROCKNPOD! At approximately 7900 (with over 7000 appearing in his books), Martin has unofficially written more record reviews than anybody in the history of music writing across all genres.  Additionally, Martin has penned approximately 85 books on hard rock, heavy metal, classic rock and record collecting. He is also part of the Pantheon Podcast network, with a show called History in Five Songs with Martin Popoff.  Back when print was a thing, Martin was Editor-In-Chief of the now retired Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles,...

THE DRUMMER HAS WORKED WITH CURRENT AND FORMER MEMBERS OF KISS, JOURNEY, STEPPENWOLF, W.A.S.P., AND BUCKCHERRY We’re pleased to announce that Andre LaBelle will be a returning guest at ROCKNPOD Weekend! Andre has recently recorded for Robert Fleischman (formerly of Journey) and his band, The Sky. His drumming is showcased for Flood The Engine, a band featuring Bill Leverty of Firehouse, Jimmy Kunes of Cactus and bass guitar legend Keith Horne.  Having lived ten years in Los Angeles as a session player, he has been honored to work with many artists, such as KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent, Richie Kotzen, Michael Monarch of Steppenwolf, Chris Holmes, and Buckcherry's Josh Todd to name a few. He has also appeared in a variety of clinics and...

We’re proud to announce that Ron Keel will be a guest at ROCKNPOD 2020! From that first Steeler album to his current work with Ron Keel Band, Ron Keel’s career in entertainment has taken him from the concrete jungles of arena rock to the dirt roads of country music. While selling millions of albums and touring the world as both a heavy metal screamer (KEEL, Steeler, and a brief encounter with Black Sabbath) and a country music artist, Ron’s solo album “Metal Cowboy” combined both genres, establishing a style and a persona which captures the heart and personality of this rock n’ roll outlaw. Ron Keel Now signed to a new multiple-album deal with HighVolMusic, RK is embarking on a 2020 World Tour which...

We’re excited to announce that Troy Luccketta of Tesla will be joining us at ROCKNPOD! While his gig in Tesla is a long and storied one, Troy’s career features several other notable contributions to amazing rock artists such as Whitford/St. Holmes, The Eric Martin Band, and Jeff Labar. In early 2018, he formed a Nashville based project entitled Dixie Horsepower. More recently, he’s launched his Troy Shows Up and A Song for Wellness projects. Troy started playing drums at 10 years old and was influenced by Mitch Mitchell of the Jimi Hendrix Experience. He has a wide variety of musical tastes and loves Creedence Clearwater Revival, Neil Diamond, Led Zeppelin, and Latin style percussion. His other drumming influences include John Bonham, Ian...

We're thrilled to announce that Tommy Skeoch will be a guest at ROCKNPOD 2020! If it’s music’s prerogative to change with the times, then Tommy Skeoch is along for the ride. After playing guitar with Tesla from 1984-1994 and 2000-2006, Tommy has released quite a few records and singles that run the gamut from screaming guitar to introspective and soulful songs – all with Tommy’s special flavor of guitar. Tommy Skeoch   Tommy recently launched a new project called RESIST & BITE. Joining him in the group are ex-LYNCH MOB lead vocalist Nathan Utz, guitarist Steve Stokes, drummer David Parks and bassist Brian Powell. ROCKNPOD Weekend takes place August 14-16 in Nashville TN and inlcudes a preparty concert on Friday (08.14), ROCKNPOD Expo on Saturday...

We’re thrilled to announce that Tony Harnell will be a returning guest at ROCKNPOD 2020! Inspired, lively, powerful, invigorating, passionate, the best underknown musician you didn’t even know you were missing. “Tony has been innately gifted with a gorgeous tone, pure soulful emotion and a limitless range. Truly a rare and unique voice. No question he is easily one of my favorite vocalists.”- James LaBrie-Dream Theater California born, NYC bred, Tony Harnell’s music journey took off at 21 when he signed his first record deal with Mercury Records. Since then he’s been a fan favorite in the hearts and souls of millions, whether on his own, leading the Norwegian/American hard rock group TNT, or as the front man for the Wildflowers featuring Bumblefoot. Tony...