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Kacey Musgraves, Brandi Carlile Cruise the Caribbean: Exclusive Photos

Skyline Motel’s Kate York captures backstage moments with fellow artists, also including John Prine, Nikki Lane and Lucinda Williams

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Kacey Musgraves warms up before performing aboard the Cayamo Cruise ship.

Kate York

Billed Cayamo: A Journey Through Song, the 2015 Cayamo Cruise journeyed through the Caribbean with the perfect soundtrack onboard: Kacey Musgraves, Brandi Carlile, John Prine, Nikki Lane, Lucinda Williams, Holly Williams, Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale were just a few of the big names who played daily shows aboard the Norwegian Pearl ship for its musical January voyage.

Skyline Motel — a new band made up of seasoned songwriters — were also on the bill, with co-founder Kate York also doubling as Rolling Stone Country's vacation photographer. The singer-songwriter, who's penned songs for Hayden Panettiere and Little Big Town, tells us Cayamo didn't feel a bit like work to her, nor to likely any of the subjects she shot for this exclusive gallery.

"We were all in the casino late one night and I turned around, and she is on one of those handicap scooters, driving through the casino," York laughs of Musgraves, pictured above rehearsing for one of her Cayamo sets. "I hopped on, then Nikki hopped on and we're riding around. . .It turns out it was Brandi Carlile's grandmother's! Luckily, her grandmother thought it was funny, and Brandi told the story to the whole crowd [at her show]: 'My poor grandmom lost her scooter, and do you know who stole it? Kacey Musgraves!'"

Skyline Motel

Dave LaBruyere, Tom Bukavac, Sarah Buxton, Kate York, Ian Fitchuk, Daniel Tashian

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Skyline Motel

"The first time Sarah [Buxton, pictured third from left] and I ever wrote together, the song ended up on the show, Nashville. And Daniel Tashian and I had been talking for years about doing a Fleetwood Mac kind of band with songwriter friends. So we talked to Sarah, Ian and Tom. . .We had all had separate careers with highs and lows and the thought was, 'Let's just do music for fun. Imagine that!'" York says of her band, Skyline Motel's evolution. "The first time Sarah, Daniel, Ian and I wrote together, we wrote the entire record in a night. It was insane: ten songs in one night, until about 5:00 a.m. We couldn't get it out fast enough."

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