The War and Treaty at Rex Theater on October 30

The powerhouse duo—made up of Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount-Trotter—will showcase songs from their debut album, Healing Tide, which was recently released to widespread critical acclaim. Of the album, Rolling Stone declares, “…Healing Tide centers the Trotters’ joyous, gospel-style harmonizing with superb country-soul arrangements and powerful statements of devotion…”

the_war_and_the_treaty_coverThe War and Treaty were recently featured on WXPN “World Café.” Listen HERE. Hosted by NPR’s Ann Powers, the performance and interview were recorded live from Nashville’s Sound Stage Studios and features songs from the duo’s acclaimed debut album, Healing Tide. Of the husband and wife pair—Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount-Trotter—World Café praises, “The War and Treaty make inspirational music pulled from a deep experience of both American roots music and the couple’s personal experience of surviving and thriving in the sometimes perilous 21st Century.”

Produced by Buddy Miller (Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Wood Brothers), Healing Tide is out now on Strong World/Thirty Tigers (stream/purchase here) and continues to receive widespread critical praise…

“The married duo Michael and Tanya Trotter convey an ecstatic, empowering sense of partnership that serves as the duo’s creative engine and core message.” –NPR Music

“…Healing Tide centers the Trotters’ joyous, gospel-style harmonizing with superb country-soul arrangements and powerful statements of devotion…” –Rolling Stone

“The music world…has definitely shown that it’s ready to love The War and Treaty.” –Billboard

“Two gorgeous, powerful voices harmonizing in a way only two people in love can.” –Paste

“…a powerhouse R&B duo who sound as though they were born to sing together.” –Associated Press

“If you’re within arm’s reach of the Trotters, you will be hugged. Repeatedly. But since their arms can’t physically encircle every listener, their powerful voices do the job for them on ‘Healing Tide’…” –The Tennessean

“Their music dances on the intersection of soul, gospel, country, and roots music, and when you hit play, you can almost smell the sweat rising from a riled-up crowd…the War and Treaty’s music is soul-shaking and raucous.” –The Boston Globe

“…the rugged, propulsive energy generated by The War and Treaty is nothing less than inspirational. With their beaming outpouring of positivity and joyous approach to life and love, this rousing music encourages togetherness in these troubled times.” –American Songwriter

“…it’s a powerful statement that The War and Treaty have arrived, and they’re carrying with them a bright light to ward off the darkness of these times.” –No Depression

“…a wonder of gospel-soul-country-rock-folk carried on their from-the-heart vocals, both of them capable of gale-force belting and whispered-breeze tenderness, sometimes, somehow, both at once.” –The Bluegrass Situation

In celebration of the album, the pair will embark on an extensive headline tour this fall with stops at Los Angeles’ The Hotel Café, Louisville’s Headliners Music Hall, Boston’s Great Scott, Chicago’s Lincoln Hall and two nights at Ann Arbor’s The Ark among several others. In addition to the headline performances, the duo will also join the Indigo Girls for several dates this fall as well as a series of shows with Lauren Daigle. Additionally, they will join Old Crow Medicine Show for two special performances at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium on December 30 and 31. See below for complete details.

Healing Tide
 includes 11 songs written solely by Michael and features Tanya (vocals), Michael (vocals, piano, Wurlitzer, Rhodes) and Miller (guitars, banjo) as well as Brady Blade (drums), Adam Chaffins (bass), Jim Hoke (organ, saxophone, autoharp, harmonica), Russ Pahl (pedal steel, banjo), Sam Bush (fiddle), Bill Huber (trombone), Matt Slocum (cello) and special guest vocalist Emmylou Harris on “Here Is Where the Loving Is At.”

Of the mission behind the album, Michael comments, “I hope people see our hearts on this record…I want people to feel like we care. When you think about artists you don’t think about that, but that’s the way I want the world to feel about The War and Treaty.”

Michael and Tanya took distinctly different paths to becoming The War and Treaty. Michael is a wounded warrior who found his voice while serving in Iraq, when he was pulled from the frontlines to write songs for the fallen. Tanya is a lifelong artist, drawn to singing’s power to take another’s pain away. The two met while performing at the same festival and became inseparable, going on to get married and create the musical collaboration that is The War and Treaty.

The release of Healing Tide follows a breakout year for the Albion, Michigan-based duo, whose debut EP, Down to the River, came out last July. The War and Treaty made headlines after a breakthrough performance at the 2017 Americana Music Festival & Conference, stepping up to fill an ill Buddy Miller’s spot. Rolling Stone highlighted the performance in their “AmericanaFest 2017: 20 Best Things We Saw,” praising, “Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount-Trotter nearly leveled the Cannery Ballroom…Mixing primitive blues, R&B and gospel-style shouting, War & Treaty’s songs…were tense and hypnotic, shrouded in darkness but punching their way to the light.” Additionally, Billboardfeatured the duo as one of “The 10 Bands You Need to Know About for This Year’s Festival Season” declaring, “two talents whose chemistry in the live setting is raw, joyous and spectacular. Both Trotter and Blount are propulsive singers, and their band seamlessly blends bluegrass, folk, gospel and soul.”

1. Love Like There’s No Tomorrow
2. Healing Tide
3. Are You Ready to Love Me?
4. Hearts
5. Jeep Cherokee Laredo
6. One and the Same
7. If It’s in Your Heart
8. Here Is Where the Loving Is At (feat. Emmylou Harris)
9. All I Wanna Do
10. It’s Not Over Yet
11. Little New Bern


*with Indigo Girls
†with Courtney Marie Andrews
‡with Lauren Daigle
#with Old Crow Medicine Show 

October 2 /// Los Angeles, CA /// Hotel Café
October 4 /// Carlsbad, CA /// The Blue Angels Foundation @ Grand Hyatt Aviara
October 6 /// San Francisco, CA /// Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
October 9 /// Englewood, NJ /// Bergen Performing Arts Center*
October 11 /// Glenside, PA /// Keswick Theatre*
October 12 /// Glenside, PA /// Keswick Theatre*
October 13 /// York, PA /// Appell Center for the Performing Arts*
October 14 /// New York, NY /// Beacon Theatre*
October 16 /// Asbury Park, NJ /// Asbury Lanes
October 17 /// Charlottesville, VA /// The Jefferson Theater
October 18 /// Raleigh, NC /// Homegrown Music Fest
October 19 /// Asheville, NC /// The Orange Peel
October 29 /// Louisville, KY /// Headliners Music Hall†
October 30 /// Pittsburgh, PA /// Rex Theater†
November 1 /// Uncasville, CT /// Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun
November 2 /// Allston, MA /// Great Scott†
November 3 /// Fall River, MA /// Narrows Center For The Arts†
November 5 /// Cleveland, OH /// Beachland Ballroom & Tavern†
November 6 /// Chicago, IL /// Lincoln Hall†
November 7 /// Ann Arbor, MI /// The Ark†
November 8 /// Ann Arbor, MI /// The Ark†
November 12 /// Milwaukee, WI /// Turner Hall Ballroom†
November 13 /// Minneapolis, MN /// Cedar Cultural Center†
November 15 /// Sun Valley, ID /// Sun Valley Opera House
November 17 /// Indianapolis, IN /// Hi-Fi Indy†
November 28 /// Knoxville, TN /// Bijou Theatre
November 29 /// Roanoke, VA /// Berglund Center‡
November 30 /// Norfolk, VA /// Harrison Opera House‡
December 1 /// Greenville, SC /// McAlister Auditorium‡
December 2 /// North Charleston, SC /// North Charleston Performing Arts Center‡
December 4 /// Macon, GA /// Hargray Capitol Theatre
December 6 /// Jacksonville, FL /// —Moran Theater‡
December 7 /// Orlando, FL /// Bob Carr Theater‡
December 8 /// Atlanta, GA /// Coca Cola Roxy Theatre‡
December 9 /// Evansville, IN /// Old National Events Plaza‡
December 10 /// St. Louis, MO /// Blueberry Hill Duck Room
December 12 /// Kansas City, MO /// Knuckleheads Saloon
December 13 /// Springfield, MO /// Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts‡
December 14 /// Lafayette, LA /// Heymann Performing Arts Center‡
December 15 /// San Antonio, TX /// The Aztec Theatre‡
December 16 /// Austin, TX /// ACL Live at the Moody Theater‡
December 30 /// Nashville, TN /// The Ryman#
December 31 /// Nashville, TN /// The Ryman#
February 10-17, 2019 /// Tampa, FL /// Cayamo Cruise