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Gayle Thompson

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.
Dolly Parton Ryman Grand Ole Opry
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Dolly Parton Says the Ryman Auditorium and Grand Ole Opry Are ‘Like Home’

Dolly Parton performed two sold-out shows at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Friday and Saturday (July 31 and Aug. 1, respectively), and although the concerts marked the country legend's first time performing in Music City in 13 years, for Parton, the famous venue remains an important part of her career.

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Dolly Parton Remembers Lynn Anderson: ‘She Was a Good Gal’

Dolly Parton performed two sold-out shows at the Ryman Auditorium on Friday and Saturday (July 31 and Aug. 1, respectively) -- her first concerts in Nashville in 13 years -- but the 69-year-old admits that the event was overshadowed by the loss of country music icon Lynn Anderson, who passed away on Thursday (July 30) from a heart attack.

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Pollstar top grossing tours 2015 list
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Garth Brooks Is Country Music’s Top Tour Money-maker of 2015

Garth Brooks is on a roll. Only a few days after claiming the top spot on Forbes' List of Highest Paid Country Acts, the singer has also claimed the second spot on Pollstar's list of artists making the most in North American touring revenue for the first half of 2015.

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Dolly Parton Ryman Auditorium concert review
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Concert Review: Dolly Parton Goes ‘Pure and Simple’ for Sold-Out Ryman Auditorium Show

Dolly Parton returned to Nashville on Friday night (July 31) for the first of two sold-out shows at the Ryman Auditorium. The stripped-down concert, dubbed “Dolly Parton: Pure and Simple,” benefited the W.O. Smith School of Music's Dustin Wells Foundation.

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Five Years Ago: Jimmy Wayne Finishes His Meet Me Halfway Walk

Five years ago today, on Aug. 1, 2010, Jimmy Wayne finished his Meet Me Halfway Walk, with a broken foot, in Phoenix, Ariz. The 1,700-mile trek, which Wayne undertook to raise awareness about homeless youth and foster children, began on Jan. 1, 2010, in Nashville.

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