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: Tim McGraw Signs With Curb Records
On Oct. 22, 1990, McGraw signed with Curb Records.
29 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Joins the Grand Ole Opry
On Oct. 6, 1990, Brooks was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
42 Years Ago: Reba McEntire Makes Her Grand Ole Opry Debut
On Sept. 17, 1977, McEntire made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
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."
12 Years Ago: Luke Bryan’s Debut Album Is Released
On Aug. 14, 2007, Bryan's 'I'll Stay Me' album was released.
8 Years Ago: Eric Church Releases ‘Chief’
On July 26, 2011, Church's 'Chief' album was released.
7 Years Ago: Florida Georgia Line Sign With Republic Nashville
On July 16, 2012, Florida Georgia Line signed their first major-label record deal, with Republic Nashville.
19 Years Ago: Lee Ann Womack Hits No. 1 With ‘I Hope You Dance’
On July 8, 2000, Womack's single "I Hope You Dance" landed at the top of the charts.
43 Years Ago: Blake Shelton Is Born in Ada, Okla.
Happy birthday, Blake!