The official music video for The War and Treaty’s new song, “If It’s In Your Heart,” recently premiered at Folk Alley. Watch/share HERE. The video was filmed in North Carolina and features a performance by the powerhouse duo—husband and wife pair Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount-Trotter.

Of the inspiration behind the track, Michael shares, “In 2015 I was talking with a friend of mine from the military. She shared with me her secret she had been holding inside since we left the war. She had been raped in the military and now she was dealing with MST (Military Sexual Trauma). I asked her if she was ok? She told me that she was fine and I believed her. However something in her voice as we said goodbye would suggest otherwise. Instead of investigating the feeling of uneasiness that I had I chalked it up as me just being nervous. She was a strong gal and I didn’t want to impose on that so I left it alone. Two weeks later her sister contacted me and said that she had committed suicide. Everything inside of me wished that I had acted on that gut feeling I had that saying something is not right. The song is about getting back that last conversation. It’s about telling someone how much they mean to you and how they mean to the world. Encouraging them to search their heart and find reason to keep loving and living.”

“If It’s In Your Heart” comes from The War and Treaty’s acclaimed debut album, Healing Tide, which is out now on Strong World/Thirty Tigers (stream/purchase here). Produced by Buddy Miller (Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Wood Brothers), Healing Tide continues to receive widespread critical praise…

The 100 Best Songs of 2018: “Jeep Cherokee Laredo” –NPR Music

“The married duo Michael and Tanya Trotter convey an ecstatic, empowering sense of partnership that serves as the duo’s creative engine and core message.” –NPR Music

#34: The 40 Best Country and Americana Albums of 2018 “…Healing Tide centers the Trotters’ joyous, gospel-style harmonizing with superb country-soul arrangements and powerful statements of devotion…” –Rolling Stone

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

“Two gorgeous, powerful voices harmonizing in a way only two people in love can.” –Paste

“…a joyful mix of gospel, soul and Americana best carried through the raw, rafters-reaching power of their voices, which combine with keys and pedal steel…to sound something like the best of whatever idea we have about America.” –Los Angeles Times

“…a powerhouse R&B duo who sound as though they were born to sing together.” –Associated Press

The Best Nashville Albums of 2018
“If you’re within arm’s reach of the Trotters, you will be hugged. Repeatedly. But since their arms can’t physically encircle every listener, their powerful voices do the job for them on ‘Healing Tide’…” –The Tennessean

“Their music dances on the intersection of soul, gospel, country, and roots music, and when you hit play, you can almost smell the sweat rising from a riled-up crowd…the War and Treaty’s music is soul-shaking and raucous.” –The Boston Globe

#12: Top 25 Albums of 2018
“…the rugged, propulsive energy generated by The War and Treaty is nothing less than inspirational. With their beaming outpouring of positivity and joyous approach to life and love, this rousing music encourages togetherness in these troubled times.” –American Songwriter

Our Favorite Roots Music Albums of 2018
“…it’s a powerful statement that The War and Treaty have arrived, and they’re carrying with them a bright light to ward off the darkness of these times.” –No Depression

“…a wonder of gospel-soul-country-rock-folk carried on their from-the-heart vocals, both of them capable of gale-force belting and whispered-breeze tenderness, sometimes, somehow, both at once.” –The Bluegrass Situation

The 30 Best New Musical Artists of 2018
“…the combination of heart and artistry have led to something transcendent.”

In celebration of the release, the pair will perform throughout 2019 including upcoming headline shows in Nelsonville, OH, Grand Rapids, MI, Birmingham, AL and West Hollywood, CA as well as multiple dates supporting Al Green and Brandi Carlile. Additionally, the band will make several festival appearances this year including Lancaster Roots & Blues, High Water Festival, BottleRock Napa, FloydFest and Hinterland among many others. See below for complete details.

Healing Tide 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.”

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 pair 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.”

For more information, please contact Asha Goodman, Catherine Snead 615.320.7753 orCarla Sacks 212.741.1000 at Sacks & Co.

1. Love Like There’s No Tomorrow
2. Healing Tide
3. Are You Ready to Love Me?
4. Hearts
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


*with Al Green
†with Brandi Carlile

February 22 /// Lancaster, PA /// Lancaster Roots & Blues
February 23 /// Nelsonville, OH /// Stuart’s Opera House
February 24 /// Grand Rapids, MI /// St. Cecilia Music Center
March 28 /// Birmingham, AL /// Saturn
March 29-30 /// New Orleans, LA /// Hogs For The Cause
April 11-13 /// Greer, SC /// SpringSkunk Fest
April 13-14 /// Charleston, SC /// High Water Festival
April 18-22 /// Byron Bay, Australia /// Bluesfest Byron Bay
April 26 /// Irving, TX /// Toyoya Music Factory*
April 27-28 /// Panama City Beach, FL /// SandJam Fest
May 3 /// Atlanta, GA /// The Fox Theatre*
May 20 /// West Hollywood, CA /// Troubadour
May 24 /// Napa, CA /// BottleRock
July 19-20 /// Somerset, KY /// Master Musicians Festival
June 24-28 /// Floyd, VA /// FloydFest
August 4 /// St. Charles, IA /// Hinterland
August 29 /// Bayfield, WI /// Big Top Chautauqua†
August 30 /// Bayfield, WI /// Big Top Chautauqua†
November 11-15 /// Punta Cana, Dominican Republic /// John Prine’s All The Best Fest