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.
27 Years Ago: Vince Gill Earns His First No. 1 Hit With ‘I Still Believe in You’
Gill earned his first No. 1 hit, "I Still Believe in You," on Sept. 5, 1992.
Top 10 Songs Country Songs of the ’10s (So Far)
From heart-tugging ballads to tunes that make their listeners want to dance, the best country songs of the 2010s (so far) make us proud -- really proud -- to be fans of country music.
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 ..."
14 Years Ago: Brad Paisley’s ‘Time Well Wasted’ Album Is Released
On Aug. 16, 2005, Paisley's 'Time Well Wasted' album was released on Arista Records.
32 Years Ago: Randy Travis Hits No. 1 With ‘Forever and Ever, Amen’
On June 13, 1987, "Forever and Ever, Amen" reached the top of the charts, where it stayed for three weeks.
12 Years Ago: Luke Bryan Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
On April 6, 2007, Bryan made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
Midland Say Past Year’s Success Has Been ‘a Big Adjustment’
"It’s going to be a crazy year ..."
Luke Bryan on Country Cares for St. Jude Kids: ‘It’s the Best of All Causes’
9 Years Ago: Taylor Swift Sets a Record With Grammys Album of the Year Win
On Jan. 31, 2010, Swift became the youngest person in history to win Album of the Year at the Grammys.
Little Big Town Say Success of ‘Better Man’ Is All Thanks to Taylor Swift
"I think that song just shows what an amazing writer [she is] ..."
6 Years Ago: George Strait Begins His Final Tour
On Jan. 18, 2013, Strait kicked off his farewell trek in Lubbock, Texas.
Garth Brooks’ First Time on the Radio Happened Two Times at Once
"The first time I ever got to hear the song [on the radio], I got to hear it one and a half times, back to back. I’ll never forget that the rest of my life."