OFFSTAGE: Miranda Lambert’s “House” Hits Close to Home

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Sometimes, when a country song just hits you right, it can be an overwhelming feeling. Even if you’re the one singing it. It happened again to Miranda Lambert last weekend at her New Orleans concert when she was about one verse into her sentimental “The House That Built Me.” She stopped singing and said, “I’m sorry, y’all, but I wanted to say something. I went out to Walgreens today, and I saw some houses that still had boards on the windows, and, I live in Tornado Alley, in Oklahoma, and I know how disaster can affect a community,” she said of the long-term effects that 2005’s Hurricane Katrina has had on New Orleans. “I just wanted you to know that I’ve prayed for you guys and everything you went through and that I appreciate you rebuilding your community and coming back stronger than ever.” The Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans reported that Lambert was crying too much to even finish the song. But then she went on to tell the crowd, “Seriously, y’all. I’m gonna have to kick your asses if you tell anyone I was crying up here.” 

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