OFFSTAGE: Miranda Lambert Wants to Be Dolly Parton Big

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It makes sense that Miranda Lambert would want to follow in Dolly Parton ’s footsteps. I mean, who wouldn’t? So don’t be surprised if you start seeing even bigger things ahead for Lambert. “You know, I feel like I’m just still scratching the surface, believe it or not. I want to build an empire,” she told CMT Radio. “I did an interview about Dolly [Parton], and what I’ve always wanted is to just be an entrepreneur and just keep going and going. Not necessarily physically keep going and going, but I just want to use my music and my career — and what I’ve built — for greater things and get bigger and bigger and bigger ideas and just always find things that inspire me.” Maybe that means Lambert will pursue her philanthropic efforts on a grander scale. Or that she’ll continue to embrace some more acting gigs. And that she’ll write a book. Or that someday, she’ll open a Mirandawood theme park in Oklahoma.