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Gayle Thompson

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.
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Blake Shelton Praises Miranda Lambert’s CMA Award Nominations: ‘It’s Just Unbelievable’

Blake Shelton earned three CMA Award nominations this year, which is exactly one-third of what his superstar wife, Miranda Lambert, received. But while the songstress could certainly boast about her nine nods, her husband says she couldn't be more humble.

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George Strait Calls CMA Entertainer of the Year Nomination ‘a Great Honor’

It's been quite a year for George Strait. The country music superstar wrapped up his sold-out farewell The Cowboy Rides Away Tour, starred in a two-hour TV special, 'George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away' and will release his live album, 'The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium.' He's also nominated for his 83rd CMA Award, for Entertainer of the Year, capping off one of the most memorable years of his career.

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‘Nashville Songwriter’ Book to Be Released This Month

Ever wonder what the inspiration was behind some of country music's biggest hits? Well, now that information will be readily available. 'Nashville Songwriter: The Inside Stories Behind Country Music's Greatest Hits' will be released on Sept. 9 and includes the stories behind some some of country music's most-beloved tunes.

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20 Years Ago: Clay Walker Earns First Platinum Record With Self-Titled Debut

Twenty years ago today, on Aug. 31, 1994, Clay Walker was undoubtedly in a celebratory mood. It was on this day that the singer-songwriter earned his first platinum record, signifying sales in excess of one million units, with his self-titled debut.

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17 Years Ago: Kenny Chesney Scores First No. 1 Hit With ‘She’s Got It All’

Aug. 30 marks a big anniversary for Kenny Chesney. It was on that date, 17 years ago, that the Tennessee native reached a career turning point with 'She's Got It All,' from his fourth album, 'I Will Stand.' The song became his first No. 1 Billboard hit on Aug. 30, 1997.

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32 Years Ago: George Strait Earns First No. 1 Hit With ‘Fool Hearted Memory’

It's been 32 years since George Strait earned his first No. 1 hit with 'Fool Hearted Memory.' The Texan's first single from his sophomore album, 'Strait From the Heart,' shot to the top of the charts, paving the way for 59 more singles to follow. The song reached No. 1 on Aug. 28, 1982.

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