Info From Music Row with Leuck and Howe 12/14/2021

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Rolling Stone” magazine has come out with their picks for the 25 Best Country and Americana albums of 2021, with a newcomer landing in the top spot. The magazine dubs Morgan Wade’s debut album “Reckless” as the best of the year, the same record that helped her land a major-label deal with Arista earlier this year. Coming in at two is Allison Russell’s “Outside Child,” followed by Eric Church’s “Heart & Soul” at three, James McMurtry’s “The Horses & the Hounds” at four, and Carly Pearce’s “29” at five. Other artists making the 25 Best Albums list include: Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall and Jack Ingram, Sturgill Simpson, Lainey Wilson, Mickey Guyton, Old Dominion, Dan + Shay, Kacey Musgraves, and more. “Rolling Stone’s” Top 10 Albums of 2021 (click here for the complete list of 25)

  1. “Reckless” - Morgan Wade
  2. “Outside Child” - Allison Russell
  3. “Heart & Soul” – Eric Church
  4. “The Horses & the Hounds” – James McMurty
  5. “29” – Carly Pearce
  6. “See You Next Time” – Joshua Ray Walker
  7. “The Marfa Tapes” – Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall & Jack Ingram
  8. “The Ballad of Dood & Juanita” – Sturgill Simpson
  9. “The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers” – Valerie June
  10. “Sayin’ What I’m Thinking” – Lainey Wilson

Granger Smith has been announced as the new host for Premiere Networks’ “After MidNite,” taking over the mic early next year. He’s replacing Cody Alan, who took over the gig in 2014, and will be wrapping up his stint New Year’s Eve.

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