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.
59 Years Ago: Loretta Lynn Makes Her Grand Ole Opry Debut
On Oct. 15, 1960, Lynn made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
39 Years Ago: Johnny Cash Is Inducted Into the Country Music Hall of Fame
On Oct. 13, 1980, Cash was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
9 Years Ago: The Band Perry’s Debut Album Is Released
On Oct. 12, 2010, the Band Perry released their eponymous freshman album.
23 Years Ago: Trisha Yearwood Earns No. 1 Hit With ‘Believe Me Baby (I Lied)’
Oct. 12, 1996, was a big day for Yearwood.
17 Years Ago: The Dixie Chicks’ ‘Home’ Album Goes Triple-Platinum
On Oct. 11, 2002, the Dixie Chicks' album 'Home' was certified triple platinum, signifying sales in excess of 3 million units.
Started From the Bottom: Country Stars Share Lessons Learned as Opening Acts
Kelsea Ballerini, Brett Eldredge, Cole Swindell and others share what they learned opening for bigger-name artists.
49 Years Ago: Johnny Cash’s ‘Sunday Morning Coming Down’ Hits No. 1
On Oct. 10, 1970, Cash's "Sunday Morning Coming Down" landed at No. 1.
26 Years Ago: Vince Gill Hits No. 1 With ‘One More Last Chance’
On Oct. 9, 1993, Gill earned his third No. 1 hit.
27 Years Ago: Alan Jackson Releases ‘A Lot About Livin’ (and a Little ‘Bout Love)’
On Oct. 9, 1992, Jackson released his third studio album.
8 Years Ago: Rascal Flatts Join the Grand Ole Opry
On Oct. 8, 2011, the Flatts were officially welcomed as members of the Grand Ole Opry.