Martina McBride lists herself as "wife, mother, decorator, cook, party-thrower, singer, producer, writer, musician" - in that order - on her Pintrest account.
"I see myself as all those things wrapped into one," the 46-year-old mother of three said. "Singing and performing and being an artist is a huge part of my life and who I am, my being. But also, I'm responsible for three human beings and guiding them in this world and shaping and forming the people they are going to become. ... I'm all those people."
In late May, she also became the mother of a high school graduate as her oldest daughter Delaney finished school.
"I'm excited for her. It's fun to see her start her life and her journey," McBride said as she prepared to set out for a string of West Coast shows that brings her to Casino del Sol's AVA on Tuesday. "I think she's ready."
This will be McBride's first Tucson show since she played a Great-American-Songbook-meets-McBride's-greatest-hits concert in 2006.
"It's just hard for us to get out that far west," she said of her prolonged absence from a Tucson stage. "We usually try to make one big, long summer run out west and the West Coast."
During our interview, McBride, a 20-plus-year veteran performer, talked about everything from her love of food and entertaining guests at home to her uncertain future with Republic Nashville, the label she joined in 2010 after parting ways with RCA Records.
"I don't know where we are, I guess, but we are doing an album on our own," she said.
McBride plans to go into the studio in August to record the follow up to her 2011 Republic Nashville debut "Eleven." She plans to release the album late this year or early next.
• On being a foodie: "I love food and I love to cook and I love to entertain. I love having dinner parties and having people over to be with each other. I don't think people entertain at home as much as they used to so I try to do that. We had a brunch here for Delaney's graduation for about 50 people. It was late, probably about 11:30 (at night), and Delaney came in. She jumped in to make the zucchini bread. We were in the kitchen together and then Emma (15) came in and we were all just hanging out."
• On cooking at home: "I cook everything. Last night I tried a new recipe. Delaney got me a cookbook for Mother's Day. We made chicken BLT tacos, which were really great. I make Italian food, Mexican food. I make gumbo. I make meatloaf and mashed potatoes."
• On touring with George Strait in the first leg of his "The Cowboy Rides Away" final tour. (The second half of the tour launches in early 2014; no dates have been announced yet.) "It was amazing, the whole tour. I was really sad to see it end this year. Hopefully, I will get to do some more shows with him next year. It was really perfect on every level, from the shows, the audience, touring with George and his band, his crew and my band and crew. We all get along really well. It feels like family out there."
• On touring: "I'm having more fun than ever. Something happens when you get a little older and a lot of experience. You just relax and enjoy it. I don't worry as much.I don't nitpick things as much. I don't overthink things. I just go out and have a great time. My band and I have been together many, many, many, many years. We are just at the point where we are old friends making music together. It's just fun."
• On what we can expect to hear Tuesday: "We play a lot of hits and we play some cover songs and we plays some album cuts. It's just a real musical experience. It's not as much for me now about trying to win an audience over. It's more about people come here to see me sing and relax and have a great time."
If you go
• What: Martina McBride in concert.
• When: 8 p.m. Tuesday.
• Where: Casino del Sol's AVA, 5655 W. Valencia Road.
• Tickets: $35 to $85 at tickets.solcasinos.com
Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at email@example.com or 573-4642.