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.
24 Years Ago: LeAnn Rimes Makes Her Grand Ole Opry Debut
On Sept. 13, 1996, Rimes made her Grand Ole Opry debut.
35 Years Ago: Alabama Become First Country Act to Earn Quadruple-Platinum Status
On July 30, 1985, Alabama became the first country act to earn quadruple platinum status, both for 'Mountain Music' and 'Feels So Right'.
20 Years Ago: Lee Ann Womack Hits No. 1 With ‘I Hope You Dance’
On July 8, 2000, Womack's single "I Hope You Dance" landed at the top of the charts.
25 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'.
28 Years Ago: Brooks & Dunn Earn First Gold Album With ‘Brand New Man’
On May 26, 1992, Brooks & Dunn earned their first gold-selling album, for their freshman record, 'Brand New Man'.
14 Years Ago: Carrie Underwood Graduates From Northeastern State University
On May 6, 2006, Underwood graduated from Northeastern State University, one year after winning 'American Idol'.
14 Years Ago: Eric Church Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
On April 1, 2006, Church made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
53 Years Ago: The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Opens
On April 1, 1967, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opened in Nashville, Tenn.
Kenny Rogers’ Mother Gave Life-Changing Advice: ‘Always Be Happy Where You Are’
A piece of advice from his mom changed his entire life.
28 Years Ago: Travis Tritt Joins the Grand Ole Opry
On Feb. 29, 1992, Tritt became an official member of the Grand Ole Opry.