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.
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.
30 Years Ago: Travis Tritt Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
Happy Opry anniversary to him!
54 Years Ago: Tim McGraw Is Born in Delhi, La.
Happy birthday, Tim!
21 Years Ago: Rascal Flatts Debut on the Grand Ole Opry
On April 28, 2000, the country trio made their debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
65 Years Ago: Elvis Presley Bombs in Las Vegas Debut
On this day (April 23) in 1956, Presley made his debut in Las Vegas, where his performance was not well received.
85 Years Ago: Glen Campbell Is Born in Delight, Ark.
Campbell would have turned 85 today.
Top 10 Country Songs About Death
The Boot counts down our picks for the Top 10 country songs about death.
15 Years Ago: Jo Dee Messina Runs the Boston Marathon
On April 17, 2006, Messina ran the Boston Marathon ... and completed the race, even after injuring her knee.
89 Years Ago: Loretta Lynn Is Born in Butcher Holler, Ky.
Happy birthday, Miss Loretta!
29 Years Ago: Wynonna Judd Hits No. 1 With Debut Solo Single
On April 11, 1992, Judd earned her first hit as a solo artist.