Country music star graces cover of local magazine

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) The most awarded artist in the history of the Academy of Country Music is gracing the cover of a local magazine which just hit stands this week.

Miranda Lambert opens up in the latest edition of Modern Texas Living about growing up in Texas and why she says Lindale, a town about 90 miles east of Dallas, "will always be my home.'

Miranda Lambert opens up in the latest edition of Modern Texas Living about growing up in Texas and why she says Lindale, a town about 90 miles east of Dallas, "will always be my home.'

"Small towns instill values that stick with you throughout your life," Lambert told the publication. "I think growing up in Lindale gave me a strong foundation."

Lambert and her mother and father, Bev and Rick Lambert, shared surprising stories of how they went from running a lucrative private investigators business in the Dallas-area to going broke when the oil bust hit Texas hard in the late 80's.

The family became broke and homeless.

Rick says they ate peanut butter and crackers for meals and Bev added they once asked for food for Christmas.

But no tough break or bad luck would keep the family from supporting their daughter's dreams of singing country music on the big stage one day, they said.

"For the good or the bad I guess I'll let the cat out of the bag," Bev said. "We spent every penny we had on her. We were subject to being homeless again."

Miranda credits her parents for giving her first guitar to her at 8. She says her dad, who co-wrote one of her first hits "Me and Charlie Talking, helped her learn how to write a song.

Her mom was her booking agent and manager driving her from gig to gig anywhere that would book her.

But the best thing she says her mom and dad gave her was sound advice.

"The best advice my mom ever gave to me was to know who you are and stick with it," Miranda said.

"In the beginning of my music career, when we were early on in the record label days, my dad told me to 'sit at the head of the table and tell them what you want to be' He told me not to let them turn me into anything that I didn't want to be and I haven't. The fact that people have accepted me in every state and every phase is a blessing but I think it's because my songs reflect who we all are."

Lambert talks about why she started a non-profit to help shelter pets and why she supports the local non-profit, "The Bowen Family Foundation," started by her long-time personal friend , Waco native and fellow singer and songwriter, Wade Bowen.

"I've known for years. He and I played a lot of shows together when we were both starting out," she said. "He is like family to us, a sweetheart and a great singer/songwriter," she said. "I believe in what they are doing. Texans have a certain bond and pride. We always want to support each other's causes."

Modern Texas Living is free and available on stands in a variety of places across Central Texas.

Editor’s note: Julie Hays not only wrote this story, but also the magazine article