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Story by Chris Neal

Like so many pioneers before her, Reba McEntire is heading west. "Trying something different out in Los Angeles is going to be an exhilarating adventure," she says, adding with a laugh: "Living in L.A. in the wintertime is not gonna be bad either!"

The reason for this expedition? L.A. is where Reba is filming her new TV sitcom, simply called Reba. So she, husband and manager Narvel Blackstock and their 11-year-old son, Shelby, are packing up again. (They already spent months in New York this year while Reba starred in Annie Get Your Gun on Broadway.)

"We'll be in L.A. until December," she reports, "and you know what? I'm looking forward to it. We've rented us a place and Shelby's going to school there for these last months of the year."

Still, Reba laughs at gossip that she's leaving Nashville for good. "We're not selling our home in Nashville," she declares. "That's been the big rumor here lately. It's so funny how rumors start flying when people make a few changes."

For Reba, the changes have come fast and furious lately. She's just finished headlining her landmark all-female Girls' Night Out tour, also featuring Martina McBride, Sara Evans, Jamie O'Neal and Carolyn Dawn Johnson. Earlier this year, her five-month run as Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun thrilled audiences and wowed hard-to-impress theatre critics.

Read More in the Current Newsstand issue (Oct 2nd)