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.
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.
28 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Hits No. 1 With ‘Shameless’
On Nov. 16, 1991, Brooks earned his seventh No. 1 single with the tune "Shameless."
12 Years Ago: Hank Thompson Dies From Lung Cancer
The singer was 82 years old.
19 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Announces His Retirement
On Oct. 26, 2000, Brooks' fans received disappointing news.
28 Years Ago: Garth Brooks’ ‘No Fences’ Makes Country Music History
On Oct. 24, 1991, Brooks made history when his album 'No Fences' became the first country record to sell more than 5 million copies.
Chris Young: ‘A Concert Is Supposed to Be a Safe Space’
Chris Young explains to The Boot why he wanted to take the stage only a few days after the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting.
Top 10 CMA Awards Moments
From historic Entertainer of the Year wins to surprising onstage antics, this photo gallery looks back at 10 of the CMA Awards' biggest moments.
Story Behind the Song: Jason Aldean, ‘A Little More Summertime’
Songwriters Wendell Mobley, Tony Martin and Jerry Flowers, along with Jason Aldean, share the story behind Aldean's hit "A Little More Summertime."
Story Behind the Song: Josh Turner, ‘Hometown Girl’
Songwriter Marc Beeson and Josh Turner share the story behind Turner's hit single "Hometown Girl."
17 Years Ago: Toby Keith Hits No. 1 With ‘Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue’
On July 20, 2002, Keith earned his ninth No. 1 single with his tune "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)."
Story Behind the Song: Brantley Gilbert, ‘More Than Miles’
Brantley Gilbert shares the story behind his song "More Than Miles."