Cherish the Ladies Reach a 'Country Crossroads'

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Friday February 17, 2012

From The Lincoln Journal Star

Cherish the Ladies reach a ‘country crossroads’
By: Jeff Korbelik

The Cherish the Ladies concert Saturday night at the Lied Center for Performing will include special guest Irish vocalist Maura O’Connell.
How apropos.

The Grammy nominee, after all, is a big reason why the Ladies’ most recent recording, “Country Crossroads: The Nashville Sessions,” exists today and why Cherish the Ladies co-founder Joanie Madden calls the recording “a complete fluke.”

“I’d love to tell you there was a lot of thought to it and a lot of planning, but that’s not how it happened,” Madden said in a phone interview to promote the concert.

As the story goes, the female Celtic group — made up of Madden, co-founder Mary Coogan, Mirella Murray, Kathleen Boyle and Grainne Murphy — remained in Nashville for some rest and relaxation after a performance with the Nashville Symphony. O’Connell, who calls the Music City home, took the Ladies to the Station Inn to enjoy some Western swing by The Time Jumpers

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