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.
19 Years Ago: Alan Jackson, Jimmy Buffett Hit No. 1 With ‘It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere’
On Aug. 9, 2003, Jackson and Buffett hit No. 1 with "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere," from Jackson's 'Greatest Hits II' album.
20 Years Ago: Kenny Chesney Hits No. 1 With ‘The Good Stuff’
On July 27, 2002, Chesney added another No. 1 hit to the growing list of "good stuff" that was happening in his career.
25 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."
16 Years Ago: Kellie Pickler Signs Her First Record Deal
On July 17, 2006, Pickler signed her first record deal, with BNA Records.
10 Years Ago: Florida Georgia Line Sign With Republic Nashville
On July 16, 2012, Florida Georgia Line signed their first major-label record deal, with Republic Nashville.
36 Years Ago: Dollywood Opens in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
On July 16, 1986, Parton opened her theme park, Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
30 Years Ago: Billy Ray Cyrus Records ‘Some Gave All’
On May 19, 1992, Cyrus recorded the title track of his freshman album.
26 Years Ago: Tim McGraw’s ‘I Like It, I Love It’ Hits No. 1
On Sept. 16, 1995, McGraw shot straight to No. 1 with "I Like It, I Love it."
66 Years Ago: Johnny Cash Records ‘I Walk the Line’
On April 2, 1956, Cash recorded what would become one of his most famous songs.
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.