The War and Treaty

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Husband and wife powerhouse duo The War and Treaty make music for the soul.

Heading to Melbourne off the back of their break-out release Healing Tide, The War and Treaty (aka Michael and Tanya Trotter) serve up healing, pain-robbing songs with freewheeling joy. Funky bass lines, keys, lap steel, acoustic strings, and stripped-down percussion create a swampy Southern soul bed for the couple’s transcendent vocals. A tour-de-force produced by Buddy Miller, the collection swaggers with confidence only gained by artists who are wholly, proudly, themselves.

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. ‘You have to have a deep place of love within yourself to be vulnerable,’ Tanya says. ‘With The War and Treaty, we allow people to see two people that are not perfect. We get on stage. We sweat. We’re overweight. We yell. We get ugly, we scream! My hair comes loose. We’re vulnerable – naked – in front of people, and it’s a chain reaction. It allows you to be vulnerable, too.’

Winners of ‘Emerging Act of the Year’ at 2019’s Americana Honors & Awards in Nashville, the duo’s soulful roots-Americana songs show you how to love yourself inside and out.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre in arrangement with Bluesfest Toruing

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