Miranda Lambert Doubles Down on Texas Pink Pistol Boutique

Sony Music NashvilleFollowing her divorce from Blake Shelton last year, Miranda Lambert has closed the Pink Pistol boutique she had opened in the small town where they shared a home, Tishomingo, Oklahoma. But now she’s expanding the site of a second Pink Pistol that her mother currently operates in her hometown of Lindale, Texas, moving it to a much larger facility nearby.

“It’s going to be awesome,” Lambert says of the new site, which is expected to open at the end of August.”There’s a lot of pink randomness. I mean there’s like a four foot baby pink elephant. I don’t know when I got that, but I was like, ‘OK, this is going to be some eclectic stuff.'”

Miranda said she decided to combine the two stores into a single one in Lindale, because the Texas space is so much bigger than the Oklahoma one. And she has big plans for the expansion.

“There’s this amazing complex going in in Lindale with all these businesses and a stage,” she says. “It’s really really cool and progressive, especially for a small, East Texas town.”

Her mother will continue to run the operation.

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Bluegrass Legend Ralph Stanley Succumbs to Cancer at 89

Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesBluegrass music legend and three-time Grammy Award winner Ralph Stanley died Thursday at the age of 89, his rep confirmed to ABC News. Grandson Nathan Stanley broke the news on his Facebook page Thursday evening, noting that his grandfather “went peacefully in his sleep [after] a long, horrible battle with skin cancer.”

A Virginia native, the banjo virtuoso first rose to fame in the mid 1940s with his band the Clinch Mountain Boys. He later formed the duo The Stanley Brothers with sibling Carter Stanley. They charted the top-20 single “How Far to Little Rock” in 1960.

After Carter’s death in 1966, Ralph embarked on a successful solo career, later finding a legion of new fans through his work on the 2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, and earning a Grammy for best male country vocal performance for the song “O Death.” His contributions to the soundtrack also made him part of its Album of the Year Grammy win. A year later he won a third Grammy, this one in the Best Bluegrass Album category for Lost in the Lonesome Pines with the Clinch Mountain Boys. 

Stanley became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2000 and was inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 1992.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jimmie; children Lisa Stanley Marshall, Tonya Armes Stanley and Ralph Stanley II; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

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Randy Travis Called a "Hero" by Josh Turner

Photo: Hunter BerryThirty years ago this month Randy Travis released his groundbreaking debut album, Storms of Life, and he went on to have a major impact on country music as a leader of the new traditionalist movement. On June 22 in Nashville, Travis was honored for those accomplishments with the Career Achievement Award, given annually by the industry organization Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc., during its annual Country Radio Hall of Fame dinner.

Fellow country star Josh Turner (pictured on the right) was on hand to pay tribute with a medley of Travis’ songs, including “Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart,” “Three Wooden Crosses,” “Digging Up Bones,” “A Man Ain’t Made of Stone” and “Forever and Ever, Amen.”

Before his performance, Turner said, “I’m just honored and flattered to have been asked to … honor my hero. … One of the best things I feel like anybody can have in life is a hero, because a hero makes you want to be a better version of yourself, and they inspire you to do great things. That’s exactly what Randy Travis has done for me throughout the years.”

Travis is still recovering from a 2013 stroke that took his voice so his wife, Mary, spoke on his behalf calling her husband a “fighter” and a “warrior.”

“Randy’s story is one of redemption, and his songs were always delivered with such patience and experience,” she said. “He lived the songs that he sang. … He left us a beautiful body of work that will live on forever and ever. His songs were rehearsed in the Saturday morning honky-tonks and replayed in the Sunday morning services.”

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She’s Got Talent: Reba McEntire To Guest Judge on "AGT"

Trae Patton/NBCReba McEntire has been entertaining fans for four decades, so she’s more than qualified to judge other talent. She’ll put those skills to use when she joins NBC’s America’s Got Talent as a guest judge for the “judge cuts” round beginning July 12.

She joins fellow entertainers George LopezNe-Yo and former One Direction member Louis Tomlinson in the guest judge role.

In addition to her award-winning singing career, Reba has acted in 11 films, and starred in two television sitcoms and on Broadway in Annie Get Your Gun.

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Country Stars Share Their Worst Summer Jobs

Black River EntertainmentThink you don’t have anything in common with country stars? Well, if you’ve ever had a really bad summer job, you actually do.

In this fun video compiled by the Grand Ole Opry, Kelsea BalleriniCraig MorganDustin LynchMaggie Rose and newcomer Tara Thompson share stories about their worst ever non-music gigs.

For Morgan, it was a stint at a fast food chain called Corn Dog 7.  Lynch spent a summer mulching, and says, “You don’t get used to it. … It still smells and it’s still hot and steamy.” Ballerini, meanwhile, admits that because the policy at a cupcake shop where she worked called for disposing of any damaged product, “I’d just eat all the cupcakes.”

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Which Two Cast Members May Depart Nashville?

ABC Television NetworkTwo stars of Nashville are unlikely to return for the series’ fifth season, and it’s not the two you might have expected to bolt the show following its move from ABC to CMT and Hulu. Contract talks with series stars Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere are going well, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which means a missing airplane cliffhanger involving Panettiere’s character is likely to have a happy ending when the show returns.

But Will Chase, who plays Luke Wheeler, and Aubrie Peeples, aka Layla Grant, are “unlikely to return,” sources tell the publication, adding that theirs are expected to be the only departures from the large cast.

Chase joined the show in the second season and was promoted to series regular in the third. Peeples also came aboard as a recurring character in season two and was upped to regular in season four.

Nashville is expected to return to CMT and Hulu with new episodes in the fall, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Country Star Trivia for 6/23/2016

ComStock/ThinkStockWhat year did Big Machine Records introduce a teenage Taylor Swift with her debut single “Tim McGraw?” ANSWER: 2006

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Suspect sought in Salem Drug burglary

McCook County authorities are asking for your help in finding who’s responsible for a burglary in Salem Wednesday night.

The Attorney General’s office and McCook County Sheriff’s Office confirm that someone broke into Salem Drug around 11:17 pm.

Surveillance video depicts a male suspect.

If you have any information regarding this incident please call the McCook County Sheriff’s Office at 605-425-2761.

Nashville Notes for 6/23/2016

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkStockSongwriter, musician and producer Freddy Powers passed away June 21 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was 84. Powers, who was inducted into the Texas Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006, was a frequent Merle Haggard collaborator, and wrote “Let’s Chase Each Other Around the Room” and “Natural High,” among other songs recorded by Haggard. He also penned George Jones’ chart-topping hit “I Always Get Lucky with You” and produced Willie Nelson’s Somewhere over the Rainbow album. Powers received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nashville Songwriters Association International in 2013. His memoir The Spree of 83, is due from Waldorf Publishing in February 2017.

Singer Margo Smith reportedly is in intensive care at Ocala Regional Medical Center in Florida where she is being treated for double pneumonia. Smith charted 27 country singles between 1975 and 1988 including the number-one hits “Don’t Break the Heart that Loves You” and “It Only Hurts for a Little While,” plus six other top-10 hits.

“The Streak” singer Ray Stevens has purchased a $2.85 million home in the Nashville satellite city of Belle Meade, The Tennessean reports. Stevens plans to reside in the property. The two-story, 8,363-square-foot home has 14 rooms, including five bedrooms, five full bathrooms and three half baths and sits on 6.38 acres, the newspaper reports.

Hoping to work for Willie Nelson but missing the musical chops? Nelson’s marijuana company, Willie’s Reserve, has openings for several positions in its Colorado office. Unfortunately, Billboard reports, all of the positions require actual related work experience.

Rascal Flatts will perform their most recent hit, “I Like the Sound of That,” on CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert June 23.

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Little Big Town Calls Collaboration With Pharrell Williams "Amazing"

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What started out as a songwriting collaboration between Little Big Town and artist, producer and The Voice coach Pharrell Williams turned into a mini album for the country band, although the songs on the newly released Wanderlust are not country at all.

Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook calls working with Williams “an amazing musical experience” that began as an “off the cuff” pairing. “It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever been a part of.”

Westbrook says, “The energy was so palpable in the studio with him … that we wanted to keep going and just see what happened. And that resulted in eight songs that we just felt like we wanted to share because we had such a great time doing it.”

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