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.
90 Years Ago: Patsy Cline Is Born in Winchester, Va.
On Sept. 8, 1932, Virginia Patterson Hensley — known to country music fans as Patsy Cline — was born in Winchester, Va.
30 Years Ago: Alan Jackson’s ‘Don’t Rock the Jukebox’ Goes Double Platinum
On Aug. 26, 2002, Jackson earned his first double-platinum album with 'Don't Rock the Jukebox'.
10 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.
31 Years Ago: Trisha Yearwood Releases Her Debut Album
On July 2, 1991, Yearwood released her self-titled debut album.
40 Years Ago: The Bluebird Cafe Opens in Nashville
In June of 1982, the famous Bluebird Cafe opened its doors in Nashville, Tenn.
30 Years Ago: Billy Ray Cyrus Hits No. 1 With ‘Achy Breaky Heart’
On May 30, 1992, Cyrus' debut single, "Achy Breaky Heart," from his freshman album, 'Some Gave All', soared to the top of the charts.
21 Years Ago: Tim McGraw Earns Honorary Doctorate
On May 12, 2001, McGraw earned an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
67 Years Ago: Kix Brooks Is Born in Shreveport, La.
Happy birthday to him!
20 Years Ago: Blake Shelton Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
On May 5, 2001, Shelton made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry, performing "Austin," from his self-titled debut album.
55 Years Ago: Tim McGraw Is Born in Delhi, La.
Happy birthday, Tim!
36 Years Ago: The Judds’ ‘Why Not Me’ Is Certified Platinum
On April 25, 1986, the Judds' 'Why Not Me' album was certified platinum, for sales of one million copies.
31 Years Ago: Patty Loveless Earns First Gold Album With ‘Honky Tonk Angel’
On April 9, 1991, Loveless received her first gold album, for her 1988 'Honky Tonk Angel' record.