Miranda Lambert tearfully performed “The House That Built Me” during a recent concert, just days after the passing of her beloved dog of 14 years, Jessi. The performance marked her first show since losing her dog earlier in the week.
On Saturday, July 31, Lambert performed at the Guthrie’s River Ruckus Festival in Guthrie Center, Iowa and during her performance of her chart-topping single “The House That Built Me” she was overcome with emotion, breaking down in tears as the crowd launched into roaring sing-a-long.
In a video shared by a fan on Twitter, you can see Lambert being comforted by bandmate Gwen Sebastian before the spotlight was turned off and put on the fans as they serenaded the country superstar as she wiped away her tears.
After the capacity crowd sang half of the song, the “Bluebird” singer joined them for the ending verses of the popular hit, which she had a tough time getting through.
“I expect to cry when playing [her 2009 single] ’The House That Built Me,’ like I always know there’s a possibility, especially if I am playing in Texas. Especially if I know my family is there,” Lambert previously explained to CMT’s Cody Alan.
Watch her tearful performance below.
Her first show since losing her dog, Jess this week💔 so emotional but so amazing to witness this moment… The House That Built Me @mirandalambert @River_Ruckus @GwenSebastian pic.twitter.com/QM5Mmf43ka
— Hey Y’all🤠 (@jamesh2222) August 1, 2021
Chris Janson, Granger Smith, Phil Vassar, John Michael Montgomery, Logan Mize, Brad Morgan and many others also performed at the event.
Lambert previously broke down in tears while singing “The House That Built Me” during her first concert back since the global health crisis took over the world during her Billy Bob’s mini-residency in Fort Worth, Texas on April 22. The concert marked Lambert’s first live, full band, in-person show since her 2020 Wildcard Tour.
During that show, the sold out crowd showcased their support and cheered Lambert on with a rumbling applause. The fans then roared the lyrics to chorus with emotional singer and her backing vocalist. Lambert overcome with happiness to hear a crowd singing along to her songs again brought shear joy to her, bringing her to tears once again.
“Billy Bob’s was kind of a honkytonk ’house’ that built ME. So, I felt like I knew I was going to get a little bit teary, but I actually just ugly cried. That was my first time back, and I had not been on the stage in 401 days or something, and I felt it,” Lambert also told CMT’s Cody Alan.
“The House That Built Me” was released in March 2010 as the third single from her third studio album, Revolution.