Rolling Stone —This week, Rolling Stone is proud to be celebrating the launch of RollingStoneCountry.com — a new website fully dedicated to the genre — with a special Country Issue (on stands Friday) featuring two of Nashville’s most compelling stars: Eric Church and Miranda Lambert.
In her first Rolling Stone cover story, Miranda Lambert takes contributing editor Josh Eells to her adopted hometown of Tishomingo, Oklahoma (population “Three thousand, one hundred,” she proudly proclaims), site of her ever-growing empire – her Pink Pistol clothing boutique and a planned bed-and-breakfast named after her Smith & Wesson – and the farm she shares with her husband, Blake Shelton.
When she’s not fussing over their menagerie of animals, fishing or planning on castrating bulls, Lambert tells RS about her obsession with Beyoncé. “She’s a girl from Houston, and she worked her butt off to get where she is,” she says. “She’s not just being carted around on her chariot; she’s driving it.” She reveals she got a crash course in how to write a country song by paying close attention to her parents, who opened a detective agency called upon to investigate Bill Clinton for Paula Jones’ sexual-harassment case, and chatted openly about who was drinking, who was cheating and who shot whom at the dinner table.
She also opens up about life as one-half of country music’s hottest couple. “It was pretty instantaneous,” she says of their rocket to über-fame. “One day we were country singers, and the next we’re on the front of the tabloids. I’m, like, really magical. I’ve been pregnant for two and a half years.” Shelton confirms that when Lambert gets heated enough, she will get into a bar fight. “People always try to pop off or call her bluff at bars,” he admits. “One of them I don’t want to say the guy’s name, but he’s the lead singer of a very popular rock band. His initials are C.K.” (He’s referring to Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger.)