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.
12 Years Ago: Eric Church’s ‘Sinners Like Me’ Released
On July 18, 2006, Church's freshman album, 'Sinners Like Me', was released on Capitol Nashville.
14 Years Ago: Tim McGraw’s ‘Live Like You Were Dying’ Hits No. 1
On July 11, 2004, McGraw began his seven-week run at the top of the charts with his single "Live Like You Were Dying."
12 Years Ago: Kellie Pickler Signs Her First Record Deal
On July 17, 2006, Pickler signed her first record deal, with BNA Records.
6 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.
32 Years Ago: Dollywood Opens in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
On July 16, 1986, Parton opened her theme park, Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
61 Years Ago: The Everly Brothers Earn First No. 1 Single With ‘Bye Bye Love’
On July 15, 1957, the Everly Brothers kicked off their music career with a No. 1 hit, "Bye Bye Love."
28 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Hits No. 1 With ‘The Dance’
On July 14, 1990, Brooks earned a No. 1 hit with his single "The Dance," from his debut self-titled album.
24 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Performs With KISS on ‘The Tonight Show’
On July 13, 1994, Brooks performed "Hard Luck Woman" with the rock band on 'The Tonight Show'.
31 Years Ago: George Strait Hits No. 1 With ‘All My Ex’s Live in Texas’
On July 11, 1987, Strait took over the No. 1 spot on the charts with his single "All My Ex's Live in Texas."
14 Years Ago: Toby Keith Hits No. 1 With ‘Whiskey Girl’
On July 10, 2004, Keith stormed to the top of the charts with his song "Whiskey Girl."