The War and Treaty
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The War and Treaty

Baltimore, MD | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF | AFM

Baltimore, MD | SELF | AFM
Established on Jan, 2014
Duo Folk Americana




"The War and Treaty bring the love"

In two mesmerizing and dramatic sets, the Maryland-based husband-and-wife duo of Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount Trotter, known as The War and Treaty, took the Red Clay Music crowd on an emotionally charged ride with stunning songs about love, loss, grief, heartache, redemption and love. Did I mention love? That was the overall takeway from this performance.

Following in the footsteps of married duos like Johnny and June Carter Cash, Ashford and Simpson, and Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, the Trotters are obviously madly, deeply in love. And it shows in their on-stage chemistry as well as in the emotional depth and strength of their songwriting and performances. Both artists are phenomenally talented singers, with Michael’s powerful tenor-to-falsetto range and Tanya’s gorgeous soprano inducing multiple goosebump moments throughout the show.

What’s more, the couple played a show the night before in Harrisburg, PA, and had driven their 32-foot RV all night to get to Atlanta. Even more impressive is the fact that Tanya handles all the driving (and parking) duties. She is woman, hear her roar.

“Woah Darlin’” is a soulful country charmer that tells of how the couple met: “He pulled up in his big black truck / Talkin’ all fast, talkin’ all kinds of junk, and I was like, ‘Woah, Darlin!' / She was lookin all cute walking down the lane trying to be a city girl, but dressed like a dame, and I’m like, ‘Woah Darlin!'”

The night had the relaxed feeling of a house concert with light, blues-shouting gospel moments on “Hi Ho” and “Jump and Drink” from their latest release, and jaw-droppingly (literally, I was in awe) dramatic moments on “The Other Side of Green” and “Criminal,” their vocals interweaving, dipping and diving like living entities. It was pure magic.

In one of the longest intros to a song I’ve ever heard, Michael told a heart-felt story of his time as a spiritually and emotionally lost young man, joining the Army, and his eventual tour of duty in Iraq (he is a combat veteran and “wounded warrior” who suffered post-traumatic stress disorder ) and the Army captain who took him under his wing. “Dear Martha” tells of the love letters the captain wrote home to his wife, and of the tragic outcome.

The video below features the lovely "The Other Side of Green," a meditation on true love, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at Eddie Owen Presents at the Red Clay Music Foundry. If this doesn't speak to your heart, then you have no heart. - Jim Simpson

"Best Up and Coming Bands of 2014" - Susan Diranian

"Husband and Wife duo, "The War and Treaty' release new hit album" - Patricia "Blu" Freeman

"The War And Treaty Set To Release Debut Live CD; Proceeds To Operation Second Chance" - Amy Waves

"CD Review: The War and Treaty LIVE at Blue House" - J. Pasinski


Still working on that hot first release.



Described as one of the top 4 bands to watch by CBS Radio, The War and Treaty is blazing an innovative trail with their eclectic blend of Americana, Folk, Soul and Blues. Their first single "Hi Ho" released in June 2016 entered into Triple A Radio top 200 charts, came in at number 20 out of the Top 89 songs of 2016 at WTMD 89.7 (Baltimore, MD) and made it into the Top 91 songs of 2016 at WSGE 91.7 and this is just the beginning for this duo.
In July 2017, this husband and wife duo will share the stage with Grammy Award Winning producer and Blue Note Records President, Don Was, as one of his hand-picked performers for one of Detroit's biggest music festivals Don Was All Star Revue: Music Rebellion and will continue touring the US.  

On July 21, 2017, they will release their first self-produced EP called "Down To The River", of which the single, “Down To The River ,” has already been added to many  Americana and NPR radio stations around the country. 

CBS radio called it first – this is the band to watch.

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“If your heart is thirsty for some warm comfort in a new flangled flask...lay your soul down here. This offering from The War and Treaty is pure joy”

— Lisa Fischer (Grammy Award Winner, Oscar Winner-40  Feet from Stardom)

"If you can't feel the heart in their music, then you have no heart" Jim Simpson, No Depression Magazine

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