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.
29 Years Ago: Clint Black Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
On April 22, 1989, Black made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry, just as his first single, "A Better Man," was climbing the charts.
82 Years Ago: Glen Campbell Is Born in Delight, Ark.
Campbell would have turned 82 today.
29 Years Ago: Keith Whitley Hits No. 1 With ‘I’m No Stranger to the Rain’
On April 8, 1989, "I'm No Stranger to the Rain" became Whitley's last No. 1 hit before his death from alcoholism.
Brett Eldredge Knows Touring Should Feel Like Play, Not Work
"This is playing music. This is having fun. This is what you live for."
14 Years Ago: Kenny Chesney, Uncle Kracker Hit No. 1 With “When the Sun Goes Down”
On April 3, 2004, "When the Sun Goes Down" became a No. 1 hit.
58 Years Ago: Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge Opens in Nashville
On March 29, 1960, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge opened in Nashville, Tenn.
14 Years Ago: Gretchen Wilson Releases ‘Redneck Woman’
On March 5, 2004, Wilson released her debut single, "Redneck Woman," to radio.
26 Years Ago: Johnny Cash Is Inducted Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
On Jan. 15, 1992, the Man in Black was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Lanco Excited to Tour With ‘Stand-Up Guy’ Chris Young (Again)
"It’s so cool because we already look up to [him] ..."
68 Years Ago: Sun Studio Opens in Memphis, Tenn.
Jan. 3, 1950, was an historic day for country music, although no one was aware of it at the time.