TOUR NEWS : Nashville husband & wife duo THE WAR AND TREATY announce debut UK & Irish tour

The War And Treaty colour portrait © Kit Wood (2022)




“The performance rocked so hard the usually reverent audience actually stood up to clap along mid-song” (Rolling Stone)

Award-winning Nashville-based husband & wife duo The War And Treaty have announced details of a debut UK & Irish tour this June, including shows at London’s Jazz Café and Black Deer Festival in Kent.

Full list of UK & Irish live dates is as follows; 

Monday 13th June              Bristol Thekla (River Town Series)

Wednesday 15th June       London Jazz Café

Friday 17th June                 Glasgow Saint Luke’s

Saturday 18th June            Sunderland Firehouse

Sunday 19th June               Kent Black Deer Festival

Tuesday 21st June             Manchester Blues Kitchen

Wednesday 22nd June      Dublin Whelan’s

Since forming in 2014, The War And TreatyTanya Trotter & Michael Trotter Jr, a US Army veteran – have amassed a following as eclectic as their sound itself, a bluesy but joyful fusion of Southern soul, gospel, country and rock-and-roll.

The duo’s 2018 debut album Healing Tide saw The War And Treaty named Emerging Act of the Year by the Americana Music Association. The follow-up, 2020’s Hearts Town – the duo’s adoring nickname for their ardently devoted fanbase – won them the 2021 International Folk Music Awards Artist of the Year accolade. The War And Treaty performed at the 2020 Grammy Awards alongside icons like Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Gary Clark Jr. and Common in a tribute to Grammy executive producer Ken Ehrlich. Last April they joined Dierks Bentley for a performance of U2’s “Pride (In the Name of Love)” for the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards.

Last week The War And Treaty debuted a new song, “Yesterday’s Burn,” as part of the Grand Ole Opry’s live broadcast, with their performance passing half a million views in less than 24 hours on Facebook, watch here

Known for a live show nearly revival-like in intensity, Tanya & Michael create an exhilarating exchange of energy with their audience, a dynamic they’ve brought to the stage in opening for the legendary Al Green and touring with the likes of Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, John Legend and Lauren Daigle.  Their multi-faceted collaborative efforts have seen them work with artists such as Dierks Bentley, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Leslie Jordan, Mumford & Sons and Sturgill Simpson.

Soon after sharing the stage at a music festival in 2010, Michael & Tanya began making music together, eventually marrying and forming The War And Treaty. Their vocal interplay takes on an intimacy that’s often sweetly akin to listening in on a private conversation, but despite the deep sense of communion that infuses their music, Tanya & Michael hail from wildly different backgrounds.

Originally from just outside Washington, D.C., Tanya discovered her exceptional vocal skills at a young age and pursued a career in music and acting. Meanwhile, Michael grew up in Cleveland and D.C., spending part of his childhood in homeless shelters and later enlisting in the U.S. Army. While stationed in one of Saddam Hussein’s palaces several years after 9/11, he gained access to a piano and instantly captivated his fellow troops with his formidable vocal presence. Promptly tasked with writing and performing songs in memoriam to his unit’s fallen soldiers, Michael cultivated a distinct songwriting voice that he further developed upon returning home.

Read about Michael’s struggles with PTSD in this moving feature in Rolling Stone magazine.

Stand by for news of new music from The War And Treaty.


Praise for The War And Treaty:

 “Transforming trauma into catharsis has become the pair’s calling card as they’ve turned into one of Nashville’s most thrilling new acts” Rolling Stone

“At a time when America is becoming a more and more tense and confusing place to live in, Trotter and Blount are proving that its heart is still beating and its soul is still kicking.” American Songwriter

 “Comparisons are risky here, but you can hear the kind of label defying versatility found in classic Staples Singers songs and the contemporary work of John Legend.” Associated Press

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

“Infused with a style and sound that is ethereal yet grounded in spiritualized substance.” CMT

“They are a gift to everyone who knows them or listens to their music. Run, don’t walk to Google them. My prediction: they become a household name.” Leslie Jordan PEOPLE

“Their music is a joyful force.” Indigo Girls’ Emily Saliers

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