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About The War and Treaty

As the War and Treaty, spouses Michael Trotter, Jr. and Tanya Blount make impassioned soul music that draws on traditional folk, country, and spirituals, often combining them all. Both powerful singers capable of the leading the church choir, they instead pair their voices with various combinations of acoustic folk instruments, organ, and pedal steel guitar. They made their recording debut in 2017 with the EP Down to the River.

Then based in Albion, Michigan, Trotter and Blount briefly performed together as simply Trotter & Blount before changing their moniker to the War and Treaty in 2015. Word of their rousing, animated performances spread, and they were soon getting booked on the folk festival circuit and touring the country. In 2017, they signed with Strong World Entertainment, which released their debut EP, Down to the River, that July. Two months later, they were named one of the 20 best acts at AmericanaFest by Rolling Stone. The duo also spent part of that year writing and rehearsing in Nashville with a backing band.

The War and Treaty continued to tour heavily while preparing their full-length debut. In January 2018, they shared the stage with John Prine at the Ann Arbor Folk Festival, and in June, they made their Bonnaroo festival debut. Their first album, Healing Tide, arrived via Strong World in August 2018. It reached the Top 30 of the Billboard Heatseekers and independent albums charts. By then, they had already made fans like Emmylou Harris, Sam Bush, and Buddy Miller, among others, each of whom appeared on the album. Miller also produced.

Albion, MI

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