Veteran’s Sign Moves Miranda Lambert to Tears in Connecticut
Miranda Lambert‘s music has, no doubt, been the soundtrack to many fans’ joyous, sad and tough moments — and on Friday night (Aug. 19) in Hartford, Conn., the country star was moved to tears when she found out just how meaningful her songs have been to one very special fan.
About halfway through her set at Hartford’s Xfinity Center, Lambert broke out “The House That Built Me.” She only made it a few lines in, however, before a sign caught her attention: “3 combat tours … [Your] voice was the last thing I listened to EVERY NIGHT! THANK YOU!!!”
Lambert stepped away from her microphone to pull the sign out of the crowd and hold it up onstage so the whole crowd could see, eliciting a fury of cheers. The singer smiled but looked near tears — and when she went back to her mic to keep singing, she couldn’t. A few words in, her voice cracked, and the crowd had to take over; in the video above, Lambert can be seen dabbing her tears away with a towel to try and compose herself, while an alternate view shows the veteran himself also shedding a few tears and hugging someone in the audience near him.
“Second verse! I gotta get a drink; y’all gotta do it,” Lambert instructed the crowd, as her band played on. The fans continued to take the lead as Lambert grabbed her glass from the back of the stage, though she helped them out occasionally throughout the rest of the tune.
MassLive.com reports that, following the emotional moment, Lambert asked her audience “Can we get back to being angry now?” before performing her newest single, “Vice.”
Lambert is currently on the road for her 2016 Keeper of the Flame Tour. “Vice,” released in mid-July, is fans’ first taste of new music from Lambert, who says she has “stories to share” on her upcoming next album.
“Every record I’ve ever made has been a reflection of where I am right then in my life, however old I am. And I’ve never held back at all,” Lambert notes. “But this time, with what I happened to be going through in my life, being honest was never really a choice. Everybody knew anyway. So I just said, I’m gonna journal it, and — good days and bad days — use it for my art.”