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.
6 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.
32 Years Ago: Dollywood Opens in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
On July 16, 1986, Parton opened her theme park, Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
31 Years Ago: George Strait Hits No. 1 With ‘All My Ex’s Live in Texas’
On July 11, 1987, Strait took over the No. 1 spot on the charts with his single "All My Ex's Live in Texas."
62 Years Ago: Johnny Cash Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
On July 7, 1956, Cash made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry -- and met his future wife, June Carter.
27 Years Ago: Trisha Yearwood Releases Her Debut Album
On July 2, 1991, Yearwood released her self-titled debut album.
16 Years Ago: The Dixie Chicks’ ‘Fly’ Certified Diamond
On June 25, 2002, the Dixie Chicks achieved a career milestone that only a few country artists have.
23 Years Ago: Shania Twain’s ‘The Woman in Me’ Goes Platinum
On June 22, 1995, Twain earned her first platinum album with her sophomore record, The Woman in Me.
12 Years Ago: Taylor Swift’s ‘Tim McGraw’ Is Released
On June 19, 2006, Swift's debut single, "Tim McGraw," was released.
11 Years Ago: Willie Nelson Busted for Drug Possession
Sept. 18, 2006, might be a day that Willie Nelson would just as soon forget.