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.
Story Behind the Song: Cole Swindell, ‘Stay Downtown’
"Stay Downtown" is the first of Swindell's singles that he didn't write.
Top 10 Country Music Songs of 2017
The Boot counts down the 10 best country songs of 2017.
Top 10 Country Songs That Should Have Been Hits in 2017
These 10 country songs weren't big hits in 2017 -- but they should have been.
Cole Swindell Offers an Update on His Third Studio Album
Cole Swindell gives an update on his third studio album, revealing he is about halfway finished with it.
Country Stars’ Thanksgiving 2017 Plans: Chris Young, Dustin Lynch + More Share
The Boot caught up with several country artists to learn the things they're most thankful for this season, and how they plan to spend the holiday.
Dustin Lynch Loves Seeing Fans’ Reactions on His Headlining Ride or Die Tour
Dustin Lynch discusses headlining his own Ride or Die Tour, and discusses Luke Bryan's new role as a judge on 'American Idol'.
Big & Rich Enjoying Creative Freedom of Their Own Record Label
Big & Rich's John Rich explains to The Boot why the duo formed their own record label, Big & Rich Records.
Luke Combs: CMA Awards Nomination Validates His Hard Work
Luke Combs discusses his 2017 CMA Awards nomination for New Artist of the Year.
22 Years Ago: David Lee Murphy’s ‘Dust on the Bottle’ Hits No. 1
On Oct. 28, 1995, David Lee Murphy might have dusted off a bottle of champagne to toast his success.
81 Years Ago: Charlie Daniels Is Born in Wilmington, N.C.
Happy birthday, Charlie Daniels! The singer was born on this day, Oct. 28, in 1936.
13 Years Ago: Big & Rich Receive First Gold Single for ‘Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)’
Oct. 28, 2004, was a big day for Big & Rich.