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XPN Fest Recap: The War and Treaty wash over the Marina stage with love

    The War and Treaty | photo by Emily DeHart for WXPN

If you haven’t already noticed, it is very hot out today. However, if you got the chance to watch The War and Treaty on the Marina stage this afternoon, you might have forgotten about that for a while. The husband and wife duo put on a show that beamed with love, joy, and the healing power of music. With a large and incredibly proficient band behind them, Michael and Tanya Trotter forced their crowd to dance and clap, even if they felt as if they were on the verge of heatstroke.

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Free at Noon Flashback: The War and Treaty warm up the World Cafe Live crowd

The War and Treaty | photo by Taylor Johnson for WXPN

XPN’s August Artist to Watch, The War and Treaty, returned to World Cafe Live this afternoon for a special Free at Noon performance in between two local shows opening for the Indigo Girls. The Michigan-based duo of Michael Trotter and Tanya Blount Trotter have become a rising act in the soul/Americana world this year, and recently released their debut album, Healing Tide.

The singers started off today’s set with the album’s opening track, “Love Like There’s No Tomorrow,” and although they perform it a cappella, it’s anything but sparse. Both members of The War and Treaty have powerhouse voices that they use to their fullest potential in the band’s evocative songs, which genre-wise run the gamut from gospel to R&B to blues to folk. A third musician joined The War and Treaty onstage for the rest of their set, playing guitar and upright bass, but most of the focus stayed on the husband-and-wife Trotter duo, who share vocal duties while Michael plays keys and Tanya adds occasional tambourine. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Healing Tide” by The War and Treaty

The War and Treaty | Photo courtesy of the artist and label.

After an exhilarating live performance at the Americana Music Association’s music festival last September in Nashville at Cannery Ballroom, husband and wife musical duo The War and Treaty – Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount-Trotter – became one of the most talked about sets at the festival by a whole lot of people. Had I not been there to experience it for myself, I would have doubted the hyperbole. Continue reading →