“If It’s in Your Heart,” the latest song from powerhouse duo The War and Treaty—made up of husband and wife Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount-Trotter—is premiering today at The Bluegrass Situation. Listen/share HERE.
Of the song, Michael comments, “I had a friend who went through a terrible ordeal. I asked if she was ok and she said ‘yes’ but the truth was that she wasn’t and I felt it but didn’t act on it. ‘If It’s in Your Heart’ is everything I should’ve said to her to let her know that I was willing to go through the rain with her. I should’ve challenged her more and that’s what the song is about.”
The track comes from the duo’s highly anticipated full-length debut album, Healing Tide, which will be released August 10 on Strong World/Thirty Tigers and is now available for pre-order.
In advance of the release, the pair was recently featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” where host Michel Martin declared, “If you are planning to see any live music this summer, we are told that our next guests are the ones to see.” Listen to the full the interview HERE. Additionally, the title track recently debuted, of which Rolling Stone praises, “…joyfully relentless…reminiscent of classic Ike and Tina Turner rock-infused soul.” Listen/share HERE. Moreover, the album’s second single, “Are You Ready to Love Me?” recently premiered at Billboard and was also highlighted in Rolling Stone Country’s “10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week” last week. Watch/share the music video HERE.
Healing Tide was produced by Buddy Miller (Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Wood Brothers) and was recorded at Miller’s home studio over five days in March 2018. It 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.”
The duo will tour throughout 2018 including upcoming festival stops at Newport Folk Festival, Pickathon and AmericanaFest as well as a special headline show at New York’s Rockwood Music Hall on July 31. See below for complete details.
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, Billboard featured 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.”
HEALING TIDE TRACK LIST:
1. Love Like There’s No Tomorrow
2. Healing Tide
3. Are You Ready to Love Me?
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
THE WAR AND TREATY CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
July 26-27—Calgary, AB—Calgary Folk Fest
July 29—Newport, RI—Newport Folk Festival
July 31—New York, NY—Rockwood Music Hall
August 3-5—Happy Valley, OR—Pickathon
August 8—Denver, CO—Globe Hall
August 11-12—Edmonton, AB—Edmonton Folk Festival
August 17-19—Grand Prairie, AB—Bear Creek Folk Festival
August 24—Florence, AL—Billy Reid Shindig 10
August 25-26—Fayetteville, AR—Fayetteville Roots Festival
September 7—Las Vegas, NV—Big Blues Bender
September 9—Chattanooga, TN—Moon River Music Festival
September 12-15—Nashville, TN—AmericanaFest
September 22—Bristol, TN—Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion