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Miranda Lambert on Turning 30: 'They Better Throw Me a Huge Party!'

Miranda Lambert is one down to earth superstar so it's not surprise that she spent her downtime in the fall on a wonderfully homebaked pursuit: while many celebrities open up restaurants in major cities, she decided to open a store in her adopted town of Tishimongo, Oklahoma.

The Pink Pistol
is a general lifestyle merchandise store, which the country singer curated herself. "I did everything for the store opening: I did all the inventory myself online and in books," Lambert told "It’s just fun. My husband [Blake Shelton] is a huge hunter and he’s always in the woods or outside. I kind of just wanted my own kind of thing, to find my own niche at home that was outside of music and plant my roots. I’m from Texas and Blake has his family there in our town in Oklahoma. I wanted to plant my little feet in the ground. When all this craziness is over and we’re retired at home, I’ll still have something creative to do."

But that doesn't mean the country singer, who is up for Entertainer of the Year at the ACM Awards in April, doesn't have been goals to achieve before hanging up her guitar. When asked if she was interested in pursuing a clothing line, she said: "I’m actually working on something close to that. I’ve always said I want to be like a Reba or a Dolly and have an empire. So that’s one branch you have in an empire. I’m definitely interested in that."

Read on for more with Lambert, including her work with The Pedigree Feeding Project (which you can learn more about here as well):

On turning 30 in November.

"I told all my friends, family, and my husband that they better throw me a huge party. I’m a big a planner so I’m hoping they will plan this one for me."

On awards shows.
"I still get butterflies. I get nervous when they announce the nominations and winners and all that. You get to a certain point in your career but I don’t feel like I’ve peaked at all in my career. I just want to keep on growing and growing so I get really nervous. Country music has this southern hospitality about it. It’s just people from good stuck. We’re just country people that write about real things and live real lives. A lot of us live in Nashville, Oklahoma, Texas, and wherever else. It’s a very downhome feeling. When we go to the Grammys, you see country artists hanging out in each other’s dressing rooms. It’s really cute."

On touring with Dierks.
"He and I are friends and it’s so easy. It’s just so comfortable. When you head out on tour you can be kind of nervous: you don’t really know how it’s going to go or how people are going to get along. But this time there wasn’t any of that. Everybody was already excited about each other."

Being back on the road.
"I loved having my girls [The Pistol Annies] out. It was quite a transition to not have them since for a couple of years they were out with me a lot. I waited all this time since I rode with boys all these years and then I finally got my own bus a couple of years ago and it was like, ‘Oh crap, this is only.’ Then I thought, ‘well, why don’t I start a girl band’ because I didn’t want to ride the bus by myself. But now on this tour, I’ve been alone and there’s something to be said for that time by yourself to reflect and have some quiet. But I sure love the girls and I can’t wait to have them back on tour with me."

How being in a band helps her as a solo artist.
"It pushes me. When the girls come out with me to my show, I want to impress them and make them proud of me. And when we’re out on tour during our own show, I have to release control and you learn a lot."

Will she take a break soon?
"I love projects and music. I had a great vacation when I took three months off this fall and I’ll probably do that again this year. Although I was opening my store so I wasn’t really off off and we made the Pistol Annies record as well but I wasn’t touring. I had some downtime but I like doing things. I just can’t sit around."

Her passion for rescue animals.
"We’re actually down to six dogs. Or five and a half because my grandmother kind of took over one. It’s not really what I wanted but she didn’t really give me a choice! She kidnapped one of my dogs because she was in love with her and I figured they were two peas in a pod but whatever. We foster a lot too because we live in the country and dogs get dumped on our road a lot. I pick them up whenever I see them until we can find them a home. The Pedigree Feeding Project fit me perfectly. People can get on and nominate their community and why their shelter should get fed by Pedigree for a year. Shelters have saved up to a $100,000 and they could use that money a million other ways like on adoption drives or renovations. That’s a huge deal. Not only that: even if your shelter doesn’t win, it’s going to shed a lot of light on shelters across the country. I think people are scared of shelters and think of them as dog pounds but it’s not like that anymore. They’re filled with great people who want to keep these dogs healthy. It might be a little sad since you want to take all of the dogs home but the pet will pick you."


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