When you hear the expression "Nashville Star," one usually thinks of iconic luminaries of Country Music. But ask a lot of musicians what their definition of this means and they'll often tell you it's the singers, writers, and players who shine not only on their own, but back many others. For years, Carey Kotsionis has been a gem to countless acts in and out of Nashville, on stage and on record. She's made Bobby Bare Jr. look/sound good on stage in cities all over the world and in more recent years backed Nikki Lane. In the studio, her credits are as extensive as they are diverse with artists in the independent country genre like Hayes Carrl or Pete Molinari, to soul legends like Candi Staton, even musicians from more eclectic corners of the universe like Lou Barlow of Sebadoh/Dinosaur Jr. and David Kilgour of The Clean. Carey K's own music has consistently mixed classic country, blues, folky pop, rag time and jazz, glued together through her powerful voice- distinct in its own honey tinged rasp. Kotsionis first became known for her duo, The Sways, with talented producer and guitarist, Adam Landry. She recorded her first solo release for Cleft after meeting Loney John Hutchins when they were both inaugural members of Bare Jr's "Young Criminals Starvation League." This solo debut EP, 'The Magic Cowboy Boots', is a charming introduction to Kotsionis's music at an early part of her career, featuring 60's girl-group pop, bossa nova lounge, and country soul confessionals.