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The War And Treaty

The name itself represents the pull between trauma and tranquility, represents music inspired by darkness and despair that ultimately finds a higher spiritual purpose. It's an idea made manifest in the music of Albion, Michigan's The War and Treaty. For Michael Trotter Jr., the journey began in 2004, when he arrived in Iraq, an untested soldier stricken by fear and self-doubt. In one of Saddam Hussein's private palaces, his unit found a black upright piano that once belonged to the dictator himself. Michael taught himself to play piano on that confiscated keyboard. "I wrote my first song after that captain was killed," he recalls. "I sang it for his memorial in Iraq." Then he met Tanya Blount, a seasoned performer whose musical influences include Mahalia Jackson, Dolly Parton, and Aretha Franklin. The two fell in love, got married and used the experiences they had gained to create a new musical collaboration. The results blend classic soul, country music, Americana, folk, and gospel sounds in a mixture unlike anything you've ever heard. Signed to the Rounder label, they recently released the album "Hearts Town."