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.
54 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.
30 Years Ago: Johnny Cash Is Inducted Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
On Jan. 15, 1992, the Man in Black was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
46 Years Ago: Hank Williams Jr. Has Near-Fatal Accident in Montana
On Aug. 8, 1975, Williams Jr. had a near-fatal accident when he fell more than 440 feet while climbing Ajax Peak in Montana.
24 Years Ago: Kenny Chesney Scores First No. 1 Hit With ‘She’s Got It All’
On Aug. 30, 1997, Chesney scored his first No. 1 hit with the single "She's Got It All."
Diamond Rio Say Success Taught Them to Value Their Fans … and ‘Lots of Stupid Things’
We'll see DIamond Rio at this year's Headwaters Country Jam!
Interview: Rhonda Vincent and Daryle Singletary Fulfill a Dream With New Album, ‘American Grandstand’
29 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.
Story Behind the Song: Brett Eldredge, ‘Drunk on Your Love’
Brett Eldredge and songwriter Ross Copperman recall the day they wrote Eldredge's No. 1 single "Drunk on Your Love."
35 Years Ago: Dollywood Opens in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
On July 16, 1986, Parton opened her theme park, Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Jason Aldean Debuts Three More ‘Old Boots, New Dirt’ Tunes
The anticipation is continuing to build for Jason Aldean's upcoming 'Old Boots, New Dirt' record. With the album's debut single, 'Burnin' It Down,' already becoming a No.1 hit, Aldean is giving fans a glimpse of three more tracks in advance of the Oct. 7 release date.
Lee Brice’s ‘I Don’t Dance’ Becomes Fastest Certified Platinum Country Single of the Year
Friday night (Sept. 12) is a night Lee Brice will undoubtedly never forget. The singer, who performed before a sold-out crowd at New York City's Madison Square Garden as the opening act on Luke Bryan's That's My Kind of Night Tour, was given a plaque by the RIAA, naming his single 'I Don't Dance' as the Fastest Certified Platinum Country Single of the Year.