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The War & Treaty

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 4:00 AM


with Rocket 88
The War and Treaty: the name itself represents the pull between trauma and tranquility, music inspired by darkness and despair that ultimately finds a higher spiritual purpose. Its a sound manifested on the groups upcoming EP, Down to the River. The War and Treaty had the most infectious onstage presence. KATIE GABB (DC MUSIC DOWNLOADS)For Michael Trotter Jr., the journey began in 2004, when he arrived in Iraq, an untested soldier stricken by fear and self-doubt. His captain made it his personal mission to see to Trotters survival. The unit was encamped in one of Saddam Husseins private palaces, and in a forgotten corner in its basement, they found a black upright piano that once belonged to the dictator himself. When Trotter shared the fact he could sing, he was encouraged to teach himself to play piano on that confiscated keyboard. I wrote my first song after that captain was killed, Trotter recalls. I sang it for his memorial in Iraq. Soon after it became his mission to sing at the memorial services for those that had fallen. For the next three years, he sang songs that brought solace and comfort to the members of his unit. His efforts eventually garnered wider recognition as well. He came in first place in Military Idol, the armys version of American Idol, during a competition held in Baumholder, Germany. Following his discharge, he was featured on the Hope Channel program My Story, My Song. The War and Treaty takes listeners through a soulful yet folksy journey SUSAN DIRANIAN (CBS DC)Then he met Tanya Blount. Blount, a seasoned performer whose musical influences include Mahalia Jackson, Dolly Parton, Sister Odette and Aretha Franklin, was amazed by Michael. "His personality drew me in initial and then the sparks started to fly. I knew that I was hooked". recalls Tanya. The two fell in love, got married and used the experiences they had gained to create a new musical collaboration. if your heart is thirsty for some warm comfort in a newfangled flask...lay your soul down here. This offering from The War and Treaty is pure joy LISA FISCHER (GRAMMY, OSCAR WINNER)The couple then secured the services of musicians whose skills add a distinctive sound to The War and Treatys blend of roots music, blue grass,folk, gospel and soul. Recorded in Albion, Michigan, Down to the River boasts a sound thats both stirring and sensual, driven by joy, determination and an unceasing upward gaze. The music is visceral but never morose, flush with emotion but void of despair a style that touches on a variety of genres, but never finds itself confined to anyone. The arrangements are uncluttered harmonies, basslines, guitar and mandolin licks, settle drum patterns and keyboards create an immensely moving soundscape but the sentiments and emotions are fully realized and soar with a steady, chilling assurance. The recording process wasnt like anything I ever experienced, Tanya recalls. This EP has allowed me to breathe musically. I feel like all I have wanted to express for the past ten years has come forth with what weve done. The combination of heart, soul and the overwhelming amount of love that Michael and I have for one another comes across in this record. The War and Treaty, took the Red Clay Music crowd on an emotionally charged ride with stunning songs about love, loss, grief, heartache, redemption and love. JIM SIMPSON (NO DEPRESSION)"I was sitting on the banks of the Euphrates River in Baghdad dreaming about one day being able to play and sing professionally for people all around the world, Michael reflects. As we recorded our music, I constantly had flashbacks of those desert dreams. I thought to myself that this is actually the perfect ending to usher in a new beginning in my life. From the first moment I heard the voices of Michael and Tanya Trotter I was a believer in their enormous talent. Their music feels steeped in the rich history of the blues, their stage presence is undeniable and together their voices are a

Cost: $40.00
Tickets: http://www.ticketnetwork.com/tix/tickets-3450014.aspx

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