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.
13 Years Ago: Willie Nelson Busted for Drug Possession
On Sept. 18, 2006, Nelson was arrested for possession of marijuana and narcotic mushrooms.
27 Years Ago: Vince Gill Earns His First No. 1 Hit With ‘I Still Believe in You’
Gill earned his first No. 1 hit, "I Still Believe in You," on Sept. 5, 1992.
22 Years Ago: Kenny Chesney Scores First No. 1 Hit With ‘She’s Got It All’
On Aug. 30, 1997, Chesney scored his first No. 1 hit with the single "She's Got It All."
37 Years Ago: George Strait Earns First No. 1 Hit With ‘Fool Hearted Memory’
On Aug. 28, 1982, Strait earned his first No. 1 hit with his single "Fool Hearted Memory."
50 Years Ago: Johnny Cash Earns No. 1 Hit With ‘A Boy Named Sue’
On Aug. 23, 1969, Cash earned a No. 1 hit with his song "A Boy Named Sue," from his 'At San Quentin' album.
16 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.
24 Years Ago: Alan Jackson Hits No. 1 With ‘I Don’t Even Know Your Name’
On Aug. 5, 1995, Jackson had a big reason to celebrate.
Jordan Davis Focuses on ‘Unique’ Phrasing When Writing Songs
"A lot of my influences kind of find their way into my music through that, so that’s something that I try to keep really unique and very 'me'."
Story Behind the Song: Cole Swindell, ‘Stay Downtown’
"Stay Downtown" is the first of Swindell's singles that he didn't write.
Garth Brooks’ First Time on the Radio Happened Two Times at Once
"The first time I ever got to hear the song [on the radio], I got to hear it one and a half times, back to back. I’ll never forget that the rest of my life."
Story Behind the Song: Justin Moore, ‘Kinda Don’t Care’
Moore shares the story behind his single "Kinda Don't Care."
43 Years Ago: ‘Austin City Limits’ Premieres on PBS
On Jan. 2, 1975, 'Austin City Limits' premiered on PBS.