The Story Behind The Song

Introducing, "Nashville Unplugged: The Story behind the Song", a songwriter in the round show that brings the most successful, hit songwriters from Nashville right to you. The intimacy of this all acoustic, impromptu show makes for a highly interactive connection between the songwriters and the audience.

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Every Saturday Night 8:00pm - 10:00pm

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Aaron Benward

host/creator/producer

As a songwriter, Aaron wrote, produced and sang the theme song for Bravo’s hit tv show “Project Runway”, had numerous songs in ABC’s “Nashville”, co-wrote the #1 single for Latin star David Bisbal called “Me Derrumbo” and recently had the end title for Walt Disney’s film “Monkey Kingdom” performed by Atlantic recording artist and runner up on NBC’s The Voice Jacquie Lee.  Recently, Aaron has written multiple # 1 hits in Asia for KPOP artists EXO, Taeyeon, Taemin, AOA, Red Velvet and Amuro Namie. 

Aaron created “Nashville Unplugged” 7 years ago and is excited to bring the show to Mandalay Bay for the first EVER songwriter in the round style show on the Las Vegas strip. 

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Travis Howard

Co-host

Travis’ career began with Miranda Lambert on the first season of the USA Network’s Nashville Star. The two wrote 10 songs over 3 #1 albums and sent Miranda’s star to the stratosphere. Travis has had songs recorded by Dierks Bentley, Emily West, Charlie Worsham, London Thor and has contributed music to dozens of films and television shows including Alphadog, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Hart Of Dixie, GCB, Brothers & Sisters, ABC World News Tonight, and the upcoming Emily Blunt film, The Girl On The Train. 

Travis appeared in Cameron Crowe’s Elizabethtown, CBS’s crime drama Cold Case, CMT’s Almost Outlaws and other film and television projects as well as Miranda Lambert’s, cheating boyfriend in her breakout video, Kerosene.

April 22 - May 27

PAUL JENKINS – 4/22

An American songwriter born and raised in Southeast Texas, Paul has called Nashville, Tennessee home since 1994. In 2009, he signed to Sony ATV. In 2011, Paul was nominated for Breakthrough Writer of the Year by Music Row Magazine. To date his compositions have sold in excess of 10 million copies.

WRITER OF:

Rascal Flatts - "Love Who You Love"

Blake Shelton - "Over"

Jason Aldean - "Don't You Wanna Stay"

Rita Wilson – 5/6

Multi-talented actress/producer/writer and singer Rita Wilson first donned her producers cap for the record breaking box-office hit, My Big Fat Greek Wedding and has since served as a producer and appeared in its sequel which was released in March of this year. Rita was honored with the Visionary Award from the Producer’s Guild of America, and the film won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Comedy, as well as Golden Globe and Oscar nominations.In May 2012 Rita realized a lifelong dream with the debut of her solo album AM/FM. The album, which is on Decca/Verve Records, is an intimate, elegant and beautifully sung collection of covers of her favorite songs from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Since the release of AM/FM, Wilson has been focusing on a new component of her musical career as a songwriter. In March Rita released her self-titled second album, which showcases her skill for creating insightful, eloquent singer-songwriter pop music that is etched with stunning honesty. For two years prior to the release, Rita worked with a host of the finest Award-winning and best-selling songwriters and producers in both Los Angeles and Nashville. Most recently, she was named Editor-at-Large of Huff/Post 50, a website launched by the Huffington Post for the Baby Boomer.

ACTOR IN:

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

It’s Complicated

Sleepless in Seattle

Runaway Bride

REGIE HAMM – 5/6

Regie Hamm began his career after college, when he wrote one of the most popular Christian songs of the 1990s, entitled “I Surrender All”, recorded by Clay Crosse. In 2008, Hamm wrote a song called “The Time of My Life”, which eventually led him to win the American Idol Songwriting Competition. The song became the finale song for American Idol’s seventh season winner, David Cook. Hamm has had over 400 cuts as a songwriter and has been named SESAC songwriter of the year four times.

WRITER OF:

American Idol "The Time of My Life"

Clay Crosse "I Surrender All"

MIKE DEKLE – 5/13

Growing up in Athens, Georgia, Mike Deckle discovered his love for music in his early childhood. By the late 1970s, Mike started making trips to Nashville. For years, he was told his tapes weren’t good enough. At last in 1982, close friend Roger Bowling introduced Mike to Byron Hill. Byron produced Mike’s first record, “Scarlet Fever”, a huge hit. Kenny Rogers heard the song and asked to record the song in July 1983, which made Mike’s career take off entirely. Mike says, "I consider myself a sensitive Southern storyteller who is extremely blessed to have been given a creative talent. Songwriting is in my blood. I'll write because I'll bust wide open if I don't."

SONGWRITER OF:

Kenny Rogers “Scarlet Fever”

Joe Nichols “Size Matters”

Kenny Rogers “Someone Must Feel Like a Fool Tonight”

Tracy Byrd “Don’t Love Make A Diamond Shine”

Gene Watson “No trash in my Trailer”

D. VINCENT WILLIAMS – 5/20

An American Country Music Singer/Songwriter, Williams has recorded and released songs by major country recording artists since moving to Nashville fulltime in 1994. By 1995, he signed a recording contract with Columbia Records and wrote “Hands of A Working Man”, William’s first single on his Columbia Records Debut. He has since recorded songs to many established recording artists including Neal McCoy, Jason Aldean and Rascall Flatts while they were still relatively unknown. Williams also won the Nashville Songwriters Association (NSAI) “Song I wish I would Have Written” Award for the song “I’m Movin’ On”.

SONGWRITER OF:

Ty Herndon “Hands Of A Working Man”

Rascal Flatts “I’m Movin’ On”

Steve Holy “Put Your Best Dress On”

Kenny Rogers “The Last Ten Years (Superman)”

Chris Cagle & Brice Long “Anywhere But Here

BRICE LONG – 5/27

An American country music singer-songwriter, Long began his musical career as an opening act for other artists, including Eddie Rabbitt, whose manager eventually persuaded Long to move to Nashville, Tennessee in 1993. Long eventually had some of his songs recorded by Randy Travis, Josh Turner and John Michael Montgomery. In 2004, Long co-wrote a song with Gary Allan that reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with “Nothing ON but the Radio”. In 2008, Long co-wrote Randy Houser’s single “Anything Goes” and Houser’s 2014 “Like a Cowboy”.

SONGWRITER OF:

Gary Allan “Smoke Rings in the Dark”

Gary Allan “Nothing On but the Radio”

Brice Long “Anywhere But Here”

Randy Houser “Anything Goes”

Randy Houser “Like a Cowboy”

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