Special Guests

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We’re thrilled to announce that Donovan White of Vertical Horizon will be a guest at the Nashville ROCKNPOD Expo! “After nearly two decades of song writing, recording, collaborating, and performing with various Kansas City-based bands and indie labels, I got the call in 2011 to be a touring guitarist for double-platinum recording artist Vertical Horizon. A rock fan since age 8, when I listened to my first KISS album in the neighbor’s basement in Minneapolis, I've also spent many years (18) teaching guitar and bass to younger musicians. As well as teaching kids ‘how to be a band’ in a Rock School format. Since joining Vertical Horizon, the world has been my playground---from Afghanistan to the North Pole and circling the globe...

Following his appearance at the Nashville Rocknpod Expo on Saturday August 10th where he and EMP Label Group partner Thom Hazaert will be meeting fans and moderating some music business panels, David Ellefson will take over the venue for a special Basstory Show and Jam with several Nashville pro players. The show will feature a Q&A/discussion, with co-author and partner Thom Hazaert, about Ellefson’supcoming memoir MORE LIFE WITH DETH, in stores 7/16 via Jawbone Press, and a full live-band set including songs from the companion album SLEEPING GIANTS, in stores 7/19 via COMBAT RECORDS. Performing with Ellefson will be Hazaert, who handles vocals on the newly recorded tracks from Sleeping Giants. Featuring cover art by Melody Myers (Altitudes and Attitude, Marc Rizzo, Escape...

We’re proud to announce that keyboardist Gary Corbett will be making a return appearance at the Nashville Rock n Pod Expo! Known by many for his tenure as live member of KISS and Cinderella, Gary is a Grammy Award winning musician and his contributed to over 27 albums. Additionally, Gary has worked with Lou Gramm (Foreigner) and all of Bob Marley’s son’s. He’s well-known as songwriting circles as the co-writer of the 80’s Cyndi Lauper hit, ‘She Bop’ Gary will be on hand at the expo to sign autographs, take photos, and record with some of the podcasts on-site.  Meet Gary Corbett at the Nashville ROCKNPOD Expo Saturday August 10th at the Nashville Airport Marriott! Tickets available NOW at www.nashvillerocknpod.com/ticketing Discounted Hotel Rooms available...

We’re thrilled to announce that John Billings (Monkees, Rick Springfield) will be a guest at the Nashville ROCKNPOD Expo! Bassist extraordinaire John Billings has managed to make a living in the music business and has been part of many touring bands of many legends. Donna Summers, Rick Springfield & The Monkees just to name a few. From Funk, Pop to Rock John Billings delivers the goods. John Has a deal with Epiphone and has been playing the Epiphone Thunderbird Vintage Pro along with his trusty blue Jack Casady bass as his weapons of choice. Currently endorsed by Epiphone, Trickfish Amplifiers and D'Addario. John is an audio and video producer as well as a photographer. John and his wife, Amy, have created " Wine Down...

We’re thrilled to announce that Jay McDowell will be a guest at the Nashville ROCKNPOD Expo! Jay McDowell played bass in the “Mother of all Hillbilly bands,”  BR5-49. In 1995, five young musicians signed a record deal with Arista Records based on their reputation of playing marathon sets for tips at Robert’s Western World in Nashville’s Lower Broad section of Honky-Tonks.  The part of town had been on the decline ever since the Grand Ole Opry moved out of the Ryman Auditorium and took all of the tourists with it to the new Opryland location.   The movement that BR5-49 helped to create, led to a resurgence of the night-life in that little block of Broadway between 4th and 5th Avenues.  The once...

We’re excited to announce that Ricky Dover Jr will be a returning guest at ROCKNPOD! Ricky Dover Jr is a rock musician from Nashville TN. RD was born in Houston TX, but spent his formative years growing up in the eclectic college town of Knoxville TN. A happenstance of piano lessons at an early age sparked a lifelong interest in music. By age 14, after pilfering his father’s record collection, RD began being mentored by several local guitar gurus and started gigging locally with several bands. Following graduating from MTSU in spring 2010 with a degree in Music Production, RD was recruited by Atlanta’s The Booze, and helped the band finish their final album, “At Maximum Volume.” Returning to Nashville in...

We’re pleased to announce that Andre LaBelle will be a returning guest at the Nashville ROCKNPOD Expo! Andre has recently recorded for Robert Fleischman (formerly of Journey) and his new 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 live settings including work on television and film. Check out his most...

We’re thrilled to announce that Tony Harnell will be a guest at the Nashville ROCKNPOD Expo! 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 Wallflowers featuring...

We’re proud to announce that Thom Hazaert will be making a return appearance at the Nashville Rock n Pod Expo!   Thom Hazaert (often stylized as Thöm Hazaërt) is an American journalist, radio personality, artist manager, music and film producer, and label executive. He was co-founder and President of Corporate Punishment Records, and THC:MUSIC, and currently runs EMP LABEL GROUP and COMBAT RECORDS (in addition to Ellefson Coffee Co.) with Grammy winning bassist David Ellefson of Megadeth.  Also, an accomplished journalist, contributing to publications including Metal Hammer, Metal Edge, Circus, Noisecreep, Green Bay Press Gazette, and more, Hazaert co-authored Ellefson’s upcoming book MORE LIFE WITH DETH, the long-awaited follow up to his bestselling memoir MY LIFE WITH DETH. Hazaert was also host, and producer,...

We’re excited to announce that Tora Tora vocalist Anthony Corder will be a returning guest at ROCKNPOD! TORA TORA, formed in Memphis, TN in the late 1980s, includes band members include Keith Douglas, Patrick Francis, John Patterson and Anthony Corder. TORA TORA had two major releases Surprise Attack/Wild America through A&M Records that promoted five singles and videos (Walkin’ Shoes, Guilty, Phantom Rider, Amnesia and Faith Healer). The band has six independent releases, The Warehouse Sessions, Bombs Away, Miss B. Haven, Before and After, Revolution Day, and a live performance concert Live from Minglewood, in Memphis #ROCKOUTCANCER. Earlier this year, Tora Tora released Bastards of Beale on Frontiers Records to much acclaim and continue to hit the road frequently. Live appearances have been at festivals...