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.
Top 10 CMA Awards Moments
From historic Entertainer of the Year wins to surprising onstage antics, this photo gallery looks back at 10 of the CMA Awards' biggest moments.
Top 10 Montgomery Gentry Songs
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10 Years Ago: Brooks & Dunn Play Their Final Show
On Sept. 2, 2010, Brooks & Dunn played their final show, at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.
23 Years Ago: Kenny Chesney Scores First No. 1 Hit With ‘She’s Got It All’
On Aug. 30, 1997, Chesney scored his first No. 1 hit with the single "She's Got It All."
9 Years Ago: Sugarland’s Stage Collapses at the Indiana State Fair
On Aug. 13, 2011, the stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair moments before Sugarland were scheduled to perform, resulting in seven fatalities and dozens of injuries.
59 Years Ago: Patsy Cline Hits No. 1 With ‘I Fall to Pieces’
On Aug. 7, 1961, Cline earned her first No. 1 hit with "I Fall to Pieces," from her 'Patsy Cline Showcase' album.
30 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.
15 Years Ago: Carrie Underwood Makes Her Grand Ole Opry Debut
On June 10, 2005, Underwood made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry, shortly after she won Season 4 of 'American Idol'.
68 Years Ago: George Strait Is Born in Poteet, Texas
Happy birthday, George!
14 Years Ago: Eric Church Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
On April 1, 2006, Church made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
13 Incredible Moments From Kenny Rogers’ 2017 ‘All in for the Gambler’ Tribute Concert
Only an icon like Rogers could gather such an eclectic group of stars and turn it into one cohesive, unforgettable night.
At 2017 Kenny Rogers Tribute Concert, Stars Shared Fond Memories of the Icon
Justin Moore, Travis Tritt, Hillary Scott and more shared touching tributes to Kenny Rogers at his farewell show, 'All in for the Gambler'.