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.
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.
29 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Joins the Grand Ole Opry
On Oct. 6, 1990, Brooks was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
13 Years Ago: Taylor Swift’s ‘Tim McGraw’ Is Released
On June 19, 2006, Swift's debut single, "Tim McGraw," was released.
Brett Eldredge Knows Touring Should Feel Like Play, Not Work
"This is playing music. This is having fun. This is what you live for."
28 Years Ago: Reba McEntire’s Band Members Die in Plane Crash
On March 16, 1991, McEntire lost seven of her band members, plus her tour manager, in a fatal airplane crash.
Story Behind the Song: Lanco, ‘Greatest Love Story’
"It started out as a story that was a bit of my life ..."
Top 10 Country Songs That Should Have Been Hits in 2017
These 10 country songs weren't big hits in 2017 -- but they should have been.
Big & Rich Enjoying Creative Freedom of Their Own Record Label
Big & Rich's John Rich explains to The Boot why the duo formed their own record label, Big & Rich Records.
Jerrod Niemann Feels Honored to Carry the Country Music Torch
Jerrod Niemann discusses his responsibility as an artist in country music, and reveals his other goals and ambitions.
It’s Official: Sugarland Are Returning With New Music!
Sugarland are working on a new album!
Story Behind the Song: Carly Pearce, ‘Every Little Thing’
Carly Pearce and Emily Shackleton share the story behind Pearce's hit single "Every Little Thing."
Rascal Flatts Happy to Explore Opportunities Beyond Country Music
Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus shares the trio's love for creative outlets beyond music, including acting.