Trailblazing husband-and-wife duo and Americana Music Association Duo of the Year make their Mercury Nashville debut with Lover’s Game, produced by Dave Cobb.
Wielding a sound which cuts through the whole of Southern music tradition – from blues, soul, and R&B, to gospel, country, folk and rock - Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Trotter now reach the next creative level as their story plays out amid a transcendent sonic landscape. Their name alone conjures images of struggle, epic conflict, sacrifice, and the eventual birth of a lasting peace. That struggle is found within love itself and it forms the heart of this landmark album, their first major-label release. Revealing and bold, it offers unique perspective on shifting cultural tides and the impact of a global pandemic.
The title track embraces the genre-less vocal dynamism the duo has long employed while showcasing love’s ability to rejuvenate. The soul-soaked “Lovers Game,” co-written by the pair with Dave Cobb, is a playful rock-n-roller full of starry-eyed flirtation as the couple compare romantic battle scars and decide they still believe in the cause.
“This song came together so quickly when we were in the studio with Dave and it really kicked off the sentiment behind the album,” Michael said. “We had this ‘aha’ moment about falling in love over food and drinks and as three foodies it was easy to think… ‘Margarita, hot chicken, strawberry wine…looking for your lovin’ to be mine all mine!’ We can’t wait for the chance to turn on the radio and hear this song screaming through the airwaves.”
There’s also the fiery “Ain’t No Harmin’ Me,” which combines their fire-and-brimstone harmony with a lyrical anthem that wards off any doubts. As hints of truth have always been present in their music, the War And Treaty continue to offer their unique perspective on shifting cultural and musical tides.
“Love is the foundation of our new record and ‘Ain’t No Harmin’ Me’ reminds us that no matter what troubles are waiting around the corner…the power of love will pull us through,” Michael Trotter Jr. said. “We wrote this together as a personal testament to ourselves…we aren’t afraid to face the hard times knowing we have the other by our side. It felt like an awakening for us, and I hope fans can feel that same energy when they hear it.”
Founded in 2014 by the husband-and-wife duo Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Trotter, the War And Treaty have emerged as one of the most electrifying new acts in Americana music. With a lionhearted sonic blend – both roaring with passion and tender to the touch – they’ve appeared as top-flight collaborators and have been recognized by the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry, and the Americana Music Association as 2022 Duo/Group of the Year. They’ve dominated stages across the globe including North America, Europe, Italy, Australia, and Ireland, while headlining their own shows and opening for a diverse group of living legends like Al Green, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, John Legend, Lauren Daigle, and Van Morrison.