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.
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.
13 Years Ago: Willie Nelson Busted for Drug Possession
On Sept. 18, 2006, Nelson was arrested for possession of marijuana and narcotic mushrooms.
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.
22 Years Ago: George Strait Hits No. 1 With ‘Carrying Your Love With Me’
On July 19, 1997, the King of Country landed in the No. 1 spot with his song "Carrying Your Love With Me."
32 Years Ago: George Strait Hits No. 1 With ‘All My Ex’s Live in Texas’
On July 11, 1987, Strait took over the No. 1 spot on the charts with his single "All My Ex's Live in Texas."
8 Years Ago: Glen Campbell Reveals Alzheimer’s Diagnosis
On June 22, 2011, Campbell's fans learned that the iconic singer had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
33 Years Ago: Dollywood Opens in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
On July 16, 1986, Parton opened her theme park, Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
63 Years Ago: Elvis Presley Bombs in Las Vegas Debut
On this day (April 23) in 1956, Presley made his debut in Las Vegas, where his performance was not well received.
Danielle Bradbery Says Being on ‘The Voice’ Made Her Grow Up Fast
"I wasn’t living the normal 16-year-old life."
Brothers Osborne Hope to Carry on Country Music’s Tradition of Saying Things That Matter
"Artists are supposed to speak for people. They’re supposed to be a release for people."
Lanco Discuss ‘Eclectic’ Debut Album, ‘Hallelujah Nights’
The 11-track record is, in many ways, a glimpse into the life of the band from their first practice together until now.
‘CMA Country Christmas’ 2017 Performers Talk Singing Timeless Holiday Tunes
The Boot chatted with several 'CMA Country Christmas' 2017 performers about singing classic holiday songs during the show.