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.
18 Years Ago: Toby Keith Hits No. 1 With ‘How Do You Like Me Now?!’
On March 18, 2000, Keith soared to the top of the charts with his single "How Do You Like Me Now?!" from his album of the same name.
19 Years Ago: Trisha Yearwood Joins the Grand Ole Opry
On March 13, 1999, Yearwood was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
14 Years Ago: Gretchen Wilson Releases ‘Redneck Woman’
On March 5, 2004, Wilson released her debut single, "Redneck Woman," to radio.
22 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.
19 Years Ago: Brad Paisley’s Debut Single Is Released
On Feb. 22, 1999, Paisley released his debut single.
8 Years Ago: Lady Antebellum Earn Double-Platinum Single for ‘Need You Now’
On Feb. 18, 2010, Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" single was certified double-platinum, for sales of 2 million copies.
Brothers Osborne Hope to Carry on Country Music’s Tradition of Saying Things That Matter
"Artists are supposed to speak for people. They’re supposed to be a release for people."
Lanco: Friendship Makes the Band Work
Lead singer Brandon Lancaster says it's the band members' friendship that makes the group work so well.
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.
Top 10 Country Music Songs of 2017
The Boot counts down the 10 best country songs of 2017.