Gayle Thompson has been a daily contributor for The Boot since it began in 2008. In addition, she has written for Rolling Stone, Country Weekly, CBS Radio and several other outlets. Besides writing, she loves traveling, cooking, entertaining and anything else that involves her husband and little boy.
9 Years Ago: Sugarland’s Stage Collapses at the Indiana State Fair
On Aug. 13, 2011, the stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair moments before Sugarland were scheduled to perform, resulting in seven fatalities and dozens of injuries.
Started From the Bottom: Country Stars Share Lessons Learned as Opening Acts
Kelsea Ballerini, Brett Eldredge, Cole Swindell and others share what they learned opening for bigger-name artists.
14 Years Ago: Willie Nelson Busted for Drug Possession
On Sept. 18, 2006, Nelson was arrested for possession of marijuana and narcotic mushrooms.
17 Years Ago: Alan Jackson, Jimmy Buffett Hit No. 1 With ‘It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere’
On Aug. 9, 2003, Jackson and Buffett hit No. 1 with "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere," from Jackson's 'Greatest Hits II' album.
28 Years Ago: Billy Ray Cyrus Hits No. 1 With ‘Achy Breaky Heart’
On May 30, 1992, Cyrus' debut single, "Achy Breaky Heart," from his freshman album, 'Some Gave All', soared to the top of the charts.
28 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Hits No. 1 With ‘Shameless’
On Nov. 16, 1991, Brooks earned his seventh No. 1 single with the tune "Shameless."
Story Behind the Song: Gary Allan, ‘Life Ain’t Always Beautiful’
"What I really wanted to do in that song was to write a child-like Dr. Seuss lyric ..."
Brett Eldredge Knows Touring Should Feel Like Play, Not Work
"This is playing music. This is having fun. This is what you live for."
53 Years Ago: The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Opens
On April 1, 1967, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opened in Nashville, Tenn.
14 Years Ago: Eric Church Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
On April 1, 2006, Church made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
53 Years Ago: Loretta Lynn Earns First No. 1 With ‘Don’t Come Home a’Drinkin’ (With Lovin’…
On Feb. 11, 1967, Lynn earned her first No. 1 hit.
Scotty McCreery Says Wedding Planning Is a ‘Team Effort’
"Engaged life is great. I’m really happy."