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.
41 Years Ago: Eric Church Is Born in Granite Falls, N.C.
Happy birthday, EC!
32 Years Ago: Randy Travis Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
On March 7, 1986, Travis made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry, performing "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry."
12 Years Ago: Miranda Lambert’s ‘Kerosene’ Goes Gold
On March 6, 2006, Lambert earned her first gold single.
Story Behind the Song: Lanco, ‘Greatest Love Story’
"It started out as a story that was a bit of my life ..."
Story Behind the Song: Cole Swindell, ‘Stay Downtown’
"Stay Downtown" is the first of Swindell's singles that he didn't write.
Top 10 Country Songs That Should Have Been Hits in 2017
These 10 country songs weren't big hits in 2017 -- but they should have been.
Country Stars’ Thanksgiving 2017 Plans: Chris Young, Dustin Lynch + More Share
The Boot caught up with several country artists to learn the things they're most thankful for this season, and how they plan to spend the holiday.
Jon Pardi: ‘You Can Still Be Traditional and Win a CMA Award’
Jon Pardi reflects on his first CMA Awards win, for New Artist of the Year.
Story Behind the Song: Darius Rucker, ‘If I Told You’
Darius Rucker and the songwriters of his single "If I Told You" share the story behind the song.
7 Years Ago: Blake Shelton Joins the Grand Ole Opry
On Oct. 23, 2010, Blake Shelton officially became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.