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.
48 Years Ago: Merle Haggard Hits No. 1 With ‘The Fightin’ Side of Me’
On March 14, 1970, Haggard scored his ninth No. 1 hit.
28 Years Ago: Clint Black Earns His First Platinum Album With ‘Killin’ Time’
On Jan. 23, 1990, Black earned his first platinum album.
33 Years Ago: George Strait’s ‘Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind’ Hits No. 1
On Jan. 5, 1985, Strait was starting the new year on a high note.
23 Years Ago: Clay Walker Earns First Platinum Record With Self-Titled Debut
On Aug. 31, 1994, Clay Walker was undoubtedly in a celebratory mood.
48 Years Ago: Johnny Cash Earns No. 1 Hit With ‘A Boy Named Sue’
On Aug. 23, 1969, Johnny Cash earned a No. 1 hit with his song "A Boy Named Sue," from his 'At San Quentin' album.
Story Behind the Song: Carrie Underwood, ‘Heartbeat’
Carrie Underwood, along with co-writers Ashley Gorley and Zach Crowell, share the story behind her No.1 hit "Heartbeat."
38 Years Ago: Charlie Daniels Hits No. 1 With ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’
On Aug. 25, 1979, Charlie Daniels earned his first No. 1 hit, with his single "The Devil Went Down to Georgia."
Kiefer Sutherland: Making a Music Video ‘Was One of the Hardest Things I’ve Ever Shot in M…
Kiefer Sutherland says shooting the music video for his debut single, "Not Enough Whiskey" was surprisingly difficult.
Story Behind the Song: Carrie Underwood, ‘Dirty Laundry’
Songwriters Hillary Lindsey, Ashley Gorley and Zach Crowell share the story behind Carrie Underwood's single "Dirty Laundry."
Kristian Bush Reveals Sugarland Songs Tell a Story
Kristian Bush is working on his own solo album, but his work with Jennifer Nettles as part of the award-winning duo Sugarland is never far from his mind. The singer-songwriter, who co-wrote most of the songs on their four studio albums, reveals that many of the tunes told one continuous story.