The War and Treaty (from the album Healing Tide available on Strong World Entertainment)
An infectious joy arrives on Healing Tide, the recent release from The War and Treaty. The duo, Michael and Tanya Trotter, show an ability to open their mouths and bare their souls when Healing Tide puts a mighty backbeat behind its title track, the rhythm propelling the track like a wave barreling towards shore, the words breaking on a beach of souls thirsty for harmony and freedom from strife. In a long list of desires, one wish tops the pile of needs for “All I Wanna Do” as The War and Treaty follow two lines of individual voices to meet in the middle with “Hearts”, quietly reassure on a Country melody that “It’s Not Over Yet”, and march to a tambourine beat into the message of “Love Like There’s No Tomorrow”
Armed conflict was the stage that first welcomed the songwriting talents of Michael Trotter. In an effort to create a better life for loved ones, Michael Trotter entered the U.S Army in 2003, his goals masking the realities of a solider who admits that ‘I didn’t know it was wartime. People say, ‘How do you not know that?’ Well, in the neighborhood I grew up in, we weren’t patriotic. No one cared––that’s rich people’s news. Meanwhile, someone I know just got shot yesterday’. When a supportive officer was killed in combat, Michael sat down to write a song for the fallen captain. His talent was noticed and he was removed from the front lines and given the task of penning tunes for soldiers lost to battle. He met Tanya at festival where they were both performing and the two began working on a life together as a family and a band. Produced by Buddy Miller, Healing Tide fulfills on the title promise as the songs lift spirits and shake off the acceptance of loveless lives as the new normal. The War and Treaty present a question that wears its own heart on a sleeve with “Are You Ready to Love Me?” while Healing Tide uses Country Folk to mark its spot for “Here is Where the Loving is At” (featuring Emmylou Harris) and put a purr in the rhythm underneath “Jeep Cherokee Laredo”.
Listen and buy the music of The War and Treaty from AMAZON