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.
40 Years Ago: The Bluebird Cafe Opens in Nashville
In June of 1982, the famous Bluebird Cafe opened its doors in Nashville, Tenn.
31 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Hits No. 1 With ‘Unanswered Prayers’
On this day (Jan. 12) in 1991, the song soared to the top of the charts.
32 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Earns First No. 1 With ‘If Tomorrow Never Comes’
Dec. 9, 1989, is a day that Brooks will undoubtedly never forget.
96 Years Ago: The Grand Ole Opry Begins Broadcasting
Nov. 28, 1925, was an historic day for country music.
41 Years Ago: George Strait’s Debut Album Is Released
On Sept. 4, 1981, Strait's debut album, 'Strait Country', was released.
70 Years Ago: George Strait Is Born in Poteet, Texas
Happy birthday, George!
21 Years Ago: Rascal Flatts Debut on the Grand Ole Opry
On April 28, 2000, the country trio made their debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
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.
29 Years Ago: Travis Tritt Joins the Grand Ole Opry
On Feb. 29, 1992, Tritt became an official member of the Grand Ole Opry.
35 Years Ago: Willie Nelson’s ‘Red Headed Stranger’ Film Premieres
On Feb. 19, 1987, Nelson's movie 'Red Headed Stranger' premiered in Austin, Texas.
Dolly Parton Doesn’t Make New Year’s Resolutions
When Jan. 1 rolls around, people all over the world make their resolutions for the new year, but Parton isn't one of them.