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.
29 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.
51 Years Ago: Merle Haggard’s ‘Okie From Muskogee’ Album Is Released
On Dec. 29, 1969, Haggard's 'Okie From Muskogee' album was released.
41 Years Ago: Willie Nelson Makes His Film Debut in ‘The Electric Horseman’
Dec. 21, 1979, was a career-changing day for Nelson ...
34 Years Ago: Randy Travis Joins the Grand Ole Opry
Today is a monumental anniversary for Travis ...
10 Years Ago: The Band Perry Hit No. 1 With ‘If I Die Young’
Dec. 13, 2010, was an unforgettable day for the Band Perry
21 Years Ago: Brad Paisley Scores First No. 1 Hit With ‘He Didn’t Have to Be’
On Dec. 11, 1999, Paisley earned his first No. 1 hit.
25 Years Ago: Martina McBride Joins the Grand Ole Opry
On Nov. 30, 1995, McBride became an official member of the Grand Ole Opry.
21 Years Ago: LeAnn Rimes Performs for Pope John Paul II
On Nov. 25, 1999, Rimes performed for Pope John Paul II.
13 Years Ago: Luke Bryan’s Debut Album Is Released
On Aug. 14, 2007, Bryan's 'I'll Stay Me' album was released.
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.