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.
16 Years Ago: Taylor Swift Makes Her Grand Ole Opry Debut
On Sept. 1, 2006, Swift made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
21 Years Ago: Blake Shelton Releases His Debut Album
On July 31, 2001, Shelton's self-titled debut album was released.
25 Years Ago: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Reach No. 1 With ‘It’s Your Love’
On June 7, 1997, McGraw and Hill soared to the top of the charts with their duet, "It's Your Love," from McGraw's 'Everywhere' album.
60 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Is Born in Tulsa, Okla.
Happy birthday, Garth!
19 Years Ago: Toby Keith Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
Dec. 14, 2002, is a day that Keith will likely never forget.
97 Years Ago: The Grand Ole Opry Begins Broadcasting
Nov. 28, 1925, was an historic day for country music.
16 Years Ago: Tim McGraw Receives a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
On Oct. 17, 2006, McGraw received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
20 Years Ago: ‘Reba’ Debuts on the WB Network
On Oct. 5, 2001, the sitcom 'Reba' debuted on the WB network.
14 Years Ago: Luke Bryan’s Debut Album Is Released
On Aug. 14, 2007, Bryan's 'I'll Stay Me' album was released.
30 Years Ago: Brooks & Dunn Earn First Gold Album With ‘Brand New Man’
On May 26, 1992, Brooks & Dunn earned their first gold-selling album, for their freshman record, 'Brand New Man'.
27 Years Ago: George Strait Records ‘Check Yes or No’ and ‘I Know She Still Loves Me’
On April 10, 1995, Strait recorded "Check Yes or No" and "I Know She Still Loves Me" for his 'Strait Out of the Box' album.
13 Incredible Moments From Kenny Rogers’ 2017 ‘All in for the Gambler’ Tribute Concert
Only an icon like Rogers could gather such an eclectic group of stars and turn it into one cohesive, unforgettable night.
37 Years Ago: Toby Keith Marries Tricia Lucus
Happy anniversary, you two!
26 Years Ago: Martina McBride Hits No. 1 With ‘Wild Angels’
On March 2. 1996, McBride earned her first No. 1 hit, with "Wild Angels," the title track of her third studio album.
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.
15 Years Ago: Willie Nelson Busted for Drug Possession
On Sept. 18, 2006, Nelson was arrested for possession of marijuana and narcotic mushrooms.