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.
54 Years Ago: Charley Pride Becomes First Black Singer to Perform at the Grand Ole Opry
Jan. 7, 1967, was an historic day for country music ...
51 Years Ago: Merle Haggard’s ‘Okie From Muskogee’ Album Is Released
On Dec. 29, 1969, Haggard's 'Okie From Muskogee' album was released.
14 Years Ago: Willie Nelson Busted for Drug Possession
On Sept. 18, 2006, Nelson was arrested for possession of marijuana and narcotic mushrooms.
59+ Dead, 500+ Injured Following Shooting at Route 91 Harvest Festival
A shooting took place during the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas early Monday morning (Oct. 2). At least 59 people are dead and more than 500 were injured.
45 Years Ago: Hank Williams Jr. Has Near-Fatal Accident in Montana
On Aug. 8, 1975, Williams Jr. had a near-fatal accident when he fell more than 440 feet while climbing Ajax Peak in Montana.
63 Years Ago: The Everly Brothers Earn First No. 1 Single With ‘Bye Bye Love’
On July 15, 1957, the Everly Brothers kicked off their music career with a No. 1 hit, "Bye Bye Love."
Top 10 Waylon Jennings Songs
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64 Years Ago: Johnny Cash Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
On July 7, 1956, Cash made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry -- and met his future wife, June Carter.
40 Years Ago: George Jones’ ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’ Hits No. 1
On July 5, 1980, Jones earned a No. 1 hit with "He Stopped Loving Her Today."
Chris Stapleton to Open for Guns N’ Roses in Nashville