WATCH: Miranda Lambert Breaks Down While Performing ‘The House That Built Me,’ Days After Her Dog’s Passing

Miranda Lambert’s concert at the Guthrie’s River Ruckus Festival in Guthrie Center, Iowa, took an emotional turn. It all happened…


Melinda Lorge

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August 2, 2021


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Miranda Lambert’s concert at the Guthrie’s River Ruckus Festival in Guthrie Center, Iowa, took an emotional turn. It all happened while Lambert was performing her 2010 smash “The House That Built Me” from her third studio album, Revolution.

One of Lambert’s fans captured the heart-wrenching moment and then uploaded it to Twitter, where it has since earned thousands of views.

In the clip shown above, viewers will notice Lambert beginning the song but quickly breaking away from her microphone to wipe a tear from her face. Luckily for her, the crowd of Ran-fans took over with their voices, turning the tune into a massive sing-along.

Lambert’s bandmate, Gwen Sebastian, also came to the singer’s rescue during the performance, offering her a kiss on the cheek and supportive hug as the crowd continued to belt out “The House That Built Me” lyrics that include the recollection of an old pet dog.

And I bet you didn’t know under that live oak / My favorite dog is buried in the yard,” fans sang, as a heavy-hearted Lambert listened on.

An avid animal lover, Lambert recently had to say goodbye to her beloved senior dog, Jessi, who passed away on Thursday, (July 29). Lambert mourned the death of her companion by sharing a tribute to the furry friend on Instagram.

“Today, we had to say goodbye to our sweet Jessi. I got to love her and be her mom for 13 ½ years,” Lambert penned, alongside a photo spread featuring the Golden Retriever with her late brother, Waylon, who died nine months earlier.


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Lambert also explained that she found the two dogs on “the side of the road in Oklahoma” in 2008 during a sleet storm.

“My mom was in the truck with me, and we were listening to the I Am Jessi Colter album. That’s how they got their names,” Lambert wrote. “We lost Waylon last October, but we got to have Jessi just a little longer. But the truth is they belong together. They always have. I know she missed him terribly, and we are so thankful to have had extra time. Today they are reunited at the rainbow bridge. We sent her off with the song ‘Storms Never Last’ from the same record she heard playing the first time I put her in my truck. I can’t put into words what a dog’s love does to a heart. But if you have one, you already know…..”

Most recently, Lambert thanked Sebastian and her Iowa fans for showing their support during the Guthrie’s River Ruckus Festival as she continues to grieve the loss of her beloved pets.


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“Best Fringe Forever! That’s @gwensebastian having my back last night and every night for nearly a decade. Love you Gwennie,” Lambert wrote on Instagram, alongside photos from the show. “So glad I get to saaang with you. Also a big thank ya to Guthrie Center IA for singing so loud all night. Especially on “The House That Built Me.” After losing Jessi this week, that line about the dog got me pretty teary. Yall are awesome.” 

Lambert’s latest show marked her first performance since losing Jessi.

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Melinda Lorge is a Nashville-based freelance writer who specializes in covering country music. Along with Country Now, her work has appeared in publications, including Rare Country, Rolling Stone Country, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Wide Open Country and more. After joining Rare Country in early 2016, Lorge was presented with the opportunity to lead coverage on late-night television programs, including “The Voice” and “American Idol,” which helped her to sharpen her writing skills even more. Lorge earned her degree at Middle Tennessee State University, following the completion of five internships within the country music industry. She has an undeniable love for music and entertainment. When she isn’t living and breathing country music, she can be found enjoying time outdoors with family and friends.