• NEWS AND NOTES: Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker, The War & Treaty, Mickey Guyton

    Just a reminder to catch ABC’s Superstar: Reba McEntire and a whole slew of famous faces, including Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Dolly Parton, Nick Jonas, Wynonna Judd, Lainey Wilson and more paying tribute to the singer, actor, entrepreneur and all-around Superstar on Thursday (December 8th) beginning at 10pm ET on ABC.

     

    Also in Reba McEntire news, a premiere date has been set for her Lifetime TV movie, The Hammer. She stars as a traveling judge who takes over a district in Nevada and helps to solve a murder AND clear her sister’s name. Reba’s boyfriend, Rex Linn, who also stars with her in ABC’s Big Sky: Deadly Trails, is featured in the TV show, as well as one of her best friends, Melissa Peterman. Reba McEntire’s The Hammer will air January 7th at 8pm ET on Lifetime.

     

     

    Darius Rucker has released the lyric video for his version of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” from his 2014 Christmas album, Home For The Holidays.

     

     

    The War and Treaty will perform during the ABC special, CMA Country Christmas, Thursday (December 8th) beginning at 9pm ET/8pm CT. The special also features performances by host Carly Pearce,  Maren Morris, Dan + Shay, Old Dominion and Scotty McCreery, among others.

     

    Mickey Guyton is set to perform “I Still Pray” on The Tamron Hall Show on Thursday (December 8th) on ABC (check local listings for time).

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Mickey Guyton, John Osborne, Chrissy Metz, The War and Treaty, Darius Rucker, Jon Pardi

    Mickey Guyton will perform during NBC’s annual Christmas In Rockefeller Center on Wednesday (November 30th) at 8pm ET/PT. The two-hour special will also feature performances by Blake Shelton and his wife Gwen Stefani, Jimmie Allen, Brett Eldredge, Alicia Keys, Dan + Shay, the Radio City Rockettes and many more.

    Brothers Osborne‘s John Osborne will join Ashley McBryde for a special performance on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon next Tuesday (December 6th).

     

    Chrissy Metz is set to perform on a special holiday version of CMT’s series, CMT Crossroads, with For King + Country. The one-hour show, which will also feature performances by BRELAND, Natalie Grant and Rebecca St. James, premieres December 12th at 10pm ET/9pm CT.

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    has been tapped for a couple of different music festivals, including the Barefoot Country Music Fest in Wildwood, New Jersey June 15th – 18th, which will also feature performances from Blake Shelton, Jon Pardi, Parker McCollum and Kid Rock. Darius will also headline Appalachian State University’s An Appalachian Summer Festival in Boone, North Carolina on July 29th.

    The War and Treaty will perform “O Holy Night” during the CMA Country Christmas special next week. Hosted by Carly Pearce, the show, which will also feature performances by Maren Morris, Dan + Shay, Scotty McCreery and more, airs December 8th at 9pm ET/8pm CT on ABC (and the next day on Hulu and Disney+).

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Jon Pardi, Carrie Underwood, The War and Treaty

    Jon Pardi is hanging out with CMT. Catch the California Cowboy on the road beginning Thursday (November 17th) at 4pm on CMT’s socials.

     

     

    Don’t forget to catch the American Music Awards on Sunday (November 20th). Carrie Underwood will perform “Crazy Angels” from her latest album, Denim & Rhinestones. She is nominated for Favorite Female Country Artist and Favorite Country Album for Denim & Rhinestones. Catch the show Sunday beginning at 8pm ET/PT on ABC.

     

    ’Tis the holiday season! The Country Music Association has revealed this year’s host, and performers, for its 13th annual holiday television special, “CMA Country Christmas.” Hosted by Country Music star Carly Pearce, “CMA Country Christmas” features performances by Steven Curtis Chapman, Dan + Shay, Scotty McCreery, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Pearce, Molly Tuttle, and The War And Treaty. “CMA Country Christmas” airs Thursday, Dec. 8 (9:00-10:01 PM/EST) on ABC and next day on Hulu and Disney+. Catch a sneak peek of this year’s “CMA Country Christmas” HERE.

  • THE WAR AND TREATY ANNOUNCE HEADLINING 2023 LOVER’S GAME TOUR VISITING 35 CITIES NEXT YEAR.

    Powerhouse vocal duo The War And Treaty announce details today behind their headlining 2023 LOVER’S GAME TOUR, launching March 19th in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After performing more than 100 shows internationally and stateside this year, the husband-and-wife duo will bring their “massive, show-stopping vocals” (Vulture) to more than 35-cities this spring with stops in Los Angeles, CA (3/26) and New York City, NY (5/03), before closing out the leg in Nashville, TN (5/13). Tickets for new headlining dates will be available this Friday (11/18 at 10:00A Local Time) and “Hearts Town” fan club members can access tickets early via pre-sale beginning tomorrow (11/15 at 10:00A Local Time) as a portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association and Vet Tix. For complete ticket and pre-sale details visit www.thewarandtreaty.com.

    “The shows this year have felt more like a family reunion,” Michael Trotter Jr. said. “You know how it is….some family you’ve known for a while and then you meet other family members you don’t know…but their vibe is so on point with yours that it’s more filling than the barbecue on the grill. We know next year’s tour is going to feel just like that so we just need to bring the right meats for the grill…the right beer for the cooler…and play the right songs!”

    The new dates behind “the colossally talented pair’s” (Associated Press) LOVER’S GAME TOUR follows their debut CMA Awards performance here, where “the duo rattled the rafters with their soulful, passionate tribute,” (CMT) as it was dubbed one of the best moments of the night by The Washington PostVulture, Rolling StoneBillboardAmerican Songwriter and more. Additionally, the band surprised fans last week with the release of their BLANK PAGE EP which infuses “a soulful mingling of genres,” (Billboard).

    2023 LOVER’S GAME TOUR DATES:
    03/19/23        Oklahoma City, OK
    03/21/23        Phoenix, AZ
    03/23/23        Solana Beach, CA
    03/24/23        Santa Ana, CA
    03/25/23        Pioneertown, CA
    03/26/23        Los Angeles, CA
    03/28/23        San Francisco, CA
    03/30/23        Portland, OR
    03/31/23        Seattle, WA
    04/01/23        Vancouver, BC
    04/03/23        Bozeman, MT
    04/05/23        Salt Lake City, UT
    04/07/23         Denver, CO
    04/13/23        Louisville, KY
    04/14/23        St. Louis, MO
    04/15/23        Davenport, IA
    04/16/23        Minneapolis, MN
    04/19/23        Chicago, IL
    04/20/23        Grand Rapids, MI
    04/21/23        Detroit, MI
    04/22/23        Columbus, OH
    04/23/23        Cleveland, OH
    04/25/23        Buffalo, NY
    04/26/23        Toronto, ON
    04/28/23        South Burlington, VT
    04/29/23        Brownfield, ME
    04/30/23        Rockland, ME
    05/02/23        Hamden, CT
    05/03/23        New York, NY
    05/05/23        Ardmore, PA
    05/06/23        Washington, DC
    05/09/23        Charlotte, NC
    05/10/23        Durham, NC
    05/11/23        Knoxville, TN
    05/13/23        Nashville,TN

    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 American music. With a lionhearted sonic blend – both roaring with passion and tender to the touch, they “are making soul moves that are captivating everyone who sees them,” (Hits Magazine). Earning respect, they’ve gone on to appear 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.” The duo have 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; Al Green, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, John Legend, Lauren Daigle and Van Morrison among them. For more information visit www.thewarandtreaty.com.

  • THE WAR AND TREATY DROP BLANK PAGE EP TODAY AHEAD OF “CAN’T MISS” (BILLBOARD) CMA AWARDS PERFORMANCE.

    Trailblazing husband-and-wife duo The War And Treaty drop their surprise BLANK PAGE EP today, ahead of their first-ever CMA Awards performance tonight. The four songs, produced by Dave Cobb, are the catalyst to their forthcoming album under UMG Nashville that showcases a sound that 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 reach the next creative level as their story continues to play out with the duo’s BLANK PAGE EP that is available at all digital retailers here.

    “We could not be more excited to release this new body of work into the atmosphere and give fans a chance to experience the heart of our upcoming album,” Michael said. “The song ‘Blank Page’ came at a pivotal moment for Tanya and I because much like everyone else trying to find their footing after the pandemic, we felt as if we were starting over and that can leave anyone feeling crippling or euphoric. It all depends on how you see it…and it just so happen that this time for us it’s euphoric.”

    The precursor to their 2023 LOVER’S GAME album transcends its sonic landscape with new tracks like “Blank Page” that uses a rootsy R&B sway to tribute the kind of love that gives weary hearts a second wind, while “Dumb Luck” offers a pleading prayer for humility with spirit-swelling Gospel grit. Meanwhile their new single “Lover’s Game” “showcases their genre-crossing essence” (NPR) as “That’s How Love Is Made” is “the sound of pure love that shatters and defies every musical category” (Music Row) and “makes for necessary listening,” (Billboard).

    BLANK PAGE EP TRACK LISTING:

    1.) “That’s How Love Is Made”
    Written by Michael Trotter Jr., Tanya Trotter, Dave Barnes

    2.) “Lover’s Game”
    Written by Michael Trotter Jr., Tanya Trotter, Dave Cobb

    3.) “Blank Page”
    Written by Michael Trotter Jr., Tanya Trotter

    4.) “Dumb Luck”
    Written by Beau Bedford

    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 American music. With a lionhearted sonic blend – both roaring with passion and tender to the touch, they “are making soul moves that are captivating everyone who sees them,” (Hits Magazine). Earning respect, they’ve gone on to appear 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.” The duo have 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; Al Green, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, John Legend, Lauren Daigle and Van Morrison among them. The War And Treaty continue “delivering larger-than-life vocals and heartfelt emotion,” (Local Spins) during their HEARTS ON FIRE TOUR which makes its final stops this weekend in Cambridge, MA (11/11) and Washington D.C. (11/12). For more information visit www.thewarandtreaty.com.

     

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    “When I think about this process and how eager we were to get into the studio with Dave Cobb and how we clicked and connected with Dave and the musicians, I get overwhelmed with emotions. And to see all the songs come to life this way is extremely excited. ‘Blank Page,’ ‘Lover’s Game,’ ‘That’s How Love Is Made’ and ‘Dumb Luck’ really speaks to our process and really speaks to who we are as people and who we are as lovers, and we can’t wait for you all to tell us what you thought.”

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  • THE WAR AND TREATY AWARDED “DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR” DURING 21st ANNUAL AMERICANA HONORS & AWARDS.

     

    Powerhouse UMG Nashville duo The War And Treaty took home the “Duo/Group of the Year” award during last night’s 21st Annual Americana Honors & Awards held at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. This marks their second award from the Americana Music Association after their previous win for “Emerging Act of the Year” in 2019. Prior to their accomplishment, the husband and wife team took the stage to perform their new romantic stunner “That’s How Love Is Made,” which was immediately met with a standing ovation as “they won over the audience with their soulful duet,” (Associated Press).

    Continuing the momentum, The War And Treaty hosted their own showcase last night at Nashville’s City Winery where the packed house was on their feet for floor-rattling performances of fan-favorites like “Five More Minutes” and new songs from their highly-anticipated album, produced by Grammy award-winner Dave Cobb. “That’s How Love Is Made” is available at all digital retailers here and fans can watch the 2022 Americana Honors & Awards in its entirety through its official livestream here.

    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 American music, with a sound that cuts across the wide breadth of classic roots styles. Powerhouse vocalists with a lionhearted sonic blend – both roaring with passion and tender to the touch – the duo fuse country, soul, gospel and rock ‘n’ roll and more into stunning gradients of dark and light and quench thirsty souls and shake the rafters of world-famous performance halls. Earning rave reviews across the board, the duo were named the International Folk Music Awards “2021 Artist of the Year.” The duo has spent 2022 thrilling crowds across North America, Europe, Italy, Australia, Ireland and more. The duo has opened for artists such as Al Green, Willie Nelson, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, John Legend and Lauren Daigle while their multifaceted collaborative efforts include Dierks Bentley, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Leslie Jordan, Mumford & Sons, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Sturgill Simpson. High-profile stops have included the UK’s Glastonbury Festival, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, multiple appearances at the Grand Ole Opry, and a tribute to Ray Charles at the Country Music Hall of Fame class of 2022 induction ceremony. They are currently on the road with their HEARTS ON FIRE TOUR with a stop in Denver tonight (9/15) before performing at Telluride Blues & Brews Festival (9/16) and BeachLife Ranch Festival (9/17). For more information, visit www.thewarandtreaty.com.

  • THE WAR AND TREATY UNLEASH RAW POWER ON MAJOR LABEL DEBUT “THAT’S HOW LOVE IS MADE.”

    Powerhouse Mercury Nashville duo The War And Treaty open their hearts for a soul-shattering therapy session in “That’s How Love Is Made,” exploring what true partnership means in a romantic stunner today (8/26). Another vocal masterclass from the husband-and-wife duo of Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Trotter, the bluesy ballad was co-written by the pair with Dave Barnes and marks the first taste of a highly anticipated album, produced by GRAMMY Award-winner Dave Cobb. These days, the eclectic duo are pushing their lyrical envelope with personal storytelling as proven in “That’s How Love Is Made” which is available now at all digital retailers HERE.

    Rooted in classic R&B, gospel, Country, and rock, “That’s How Love Is Made” is just the latest taste of The War And Treaty’s unparalleled musicality. As they “blend their past experiences in their music, it’s something intrinsically emotional and universally relatable,” (NPR). Fighting off the demons that destroy relationships, the new song once again finds The War And Treaty echoing through centuries of American musical tradition, while adding their own chapter to the story. With two rafter-shaking voices locked in soul-stirring ecstasy, the duo let loose like never before on their upcoming album and capture the raw essence of their renowned live performances.

    “I can’t believe the day has come and we finally get to let the world in on the secret that is, ‘That’s How Love Is Made’ and we hope folks connect to it as much as we have,” Michael said. “My prayer is that so much love is created through this song that eventually hate is drowned out. Let love be as creative as it wants in our friendships, in our business partnerships, in our neighborhood, and never put the chains on her…for she is meant to be free.”

    “My palms are sweaty, my knees are shaking and I’m going crazy all because of the love we put into creating this song,” Tanya added. “Now that it’s being released, I’ve moved from tongue clamping to nail biting. Needless to say, I’m excited.”

     

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    Additionally, the duo alongside director Ed Pryor, created an intimate video in downtown Nashville at Justin Timberlake’s The Twelve Thirty Club that captures the essence of the song’s lyrics.

     

    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 American music, with a sound that cuts across the wide breadth of classic roots styles. Powerhouse vocalists with a lionhearted sonic blend – both roaring with passion and tender to the touch – the duo fuse country, soul, gospel and rock ‘n’ roll and more into stunning gradients of dark and light and quench thirsty souls and shake the rafters of world-famous performance halls. Earning rave reviews across the board, the duo was named the International Folk Music Awards “2021 Artist of the Year” which has “made them more confident, sure-footed and less bound by category,” (Associated Press). Known to shake the rafters of world-famous performance halls, the duo has spent 2022 thrilling crowds across North America, Europe, Italy, Australia, Ireland and more. The duo has opened for artists such as Al Green, Willie Nelson, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, John Legend and Lauren Daigle while their multifaceted collaborative efforts include Dierks Bentley, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Leslie Jordan, Mumford & Sons, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Sturgill Simpson. They continue with their headlining dates as they launch their HEARTS ON FIRE TOUR, Sept. 7th at Atlanta, GA’s Terminal West. High-profile stops have included the UK’s Glastonbury Festival, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, multiple appearances at the Grand Ole Opry, a tribute to Ray Charles at the Country Music Hall of Fame class of 2022 induction ceremony, recognition by the Americana Honors & Awards and more. For more information, visit www.thewarandtreaty.com.

     

  • THE WAR AND TREATY ENLIST BUDDY MILLER, VALERIE SIMPSON AND THE SHINDELLAS FOR AMERICANAFEST NYC SPECIAL SALUTE TO RAY CHARLES AT LINCOLN CENTER ON AUGUST 6th.

    Powerhouse vocal duo The War And Treaty announce today that Buddy Miller and Valerie Simpson of Ashford & Simpson will join as special guests for their musical salute to Ray Charles during AMERICANAFEST NYC on Aug. 6th. Presented by the Americana Music Association in partnership with Lincoln Center and its Summer for the City series, The War And Treaty will kick off the night with brand new music during their headlining set prior to an additional hour-long tribute to Ray Charles, which will also feature The Shindellas as the Raelettes. For more information on the free event click here.

     

    Watch a highlight from the The War And Treaty performing during Ray Charles’ induction at the CMHOF.

     

     

    The War And Treaty have amassed a following as eclectic as their sound itself with “voices that will stop you in your tracks” (Garden and Gun) and their bluesy but joyful fusion of Southern soul, gospel, country, and rock-and-roll. The husband-and-wife team of Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Trotter “continue their commando, no-limits journey to the top of the music world” (Associated Press) as they recently earned a nomination for “Duo/Group of the Year” at the 2022 Americana Honors & Awards Ceremony and just signed their first major record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville. Known for a live show nearly revival-like in its intensity, they “build up waves of emotion that crash into a cathartic release of a tour-de-force performance,” (Austin-American Statesman) as the versatile duo has opened for artists such as Al Green, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, John Legend and Lauren Daigle while their multifaceted collaborative efforts include Dierks Bentley, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Leslie Jordan, Mumford & Sons, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Sturgill Simpson. Performing 40 performances internationally and stateside already this year, the 2021 International Folk Music Awards “Artist of the Year” continue on with their headlining dates after their overseas trek which included the Glastonbury Festival in the United Kingdom. For more information visit www.thewarandtreaty.com.

  • THE WAR AND TREATY INK MAJOR LABEL DEAL WITH UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP NASHVILLE.

    Powerhouse vocal duo The War And Treaty have signed their first major record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville. The husband-and-wife team of Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Trotter are recording now with new music expected later this year. The news follows The War and Treaty’s recent Americana Honors nomination for “Duo/Group of the Year” and their new summer headlining tour dates are on sale now at www.thewarandtreaty.com.

    “We are excited to join the ranks of so many artist who we adore and admire both past and present,” said Michael and Tanya. “To be a part of a historical company such as UMG Nashville and to further tell the storyline that we all can follow and achieve our dreams brings tears to our eyes. This is our story and we are grateful UMG wants to be a part of it.”
    “When I was introduced to The War And Treaty, I was absolutely blown away,” said UMGN Chairman & CEO Mike Dungan. “Their talent and passion are extraordinary, and I’m so excited to welcome Tanya and Michael to the UMG family.”

    Watch The War And Treaty celebrate their recent milestone with UMG Nashville:

    Over the last 8 months, the duo also signed with Mary Hilliard Harrington and Christina Dunkley at Red Light Management and Jay Williams, Andrew Colvin and Grace Stern at William Morris Endeavor. They are represented by Jeff Colvin at Marcus & Colvin.

    The War & Treaty head overseas this summer with stops in the Netherlands, Ireland, Italy, and the Glastonbury Festival in the United Kingdom (6/24). With over 40 performances internationally and stateside, the duo “unleash waves of raw emotion” (No Depression) that continue “flooring music festival crowds” (Wide Open Country).

    The War And Treaty have amassed a following as eclectic as their sound itself with “voices that will stop you in your tracks” (Garden & Gun) and their bluesy but joyful fusion of Southern Soul, Gospel, Country, and Rock-and-Roll. The husband-and-wife team prove why they are “one of Nashville’s hottest acts” (Rolling Stone) following their latest widely acclaimed release, HEARTS TOWN. Known for a live show nearly revival-like in its intensity, they “build up waves of emotion that crash into a cathartic release of a tour-de-force performance,” (Austin-American Statesman) as the versatile duo has opened for artists such as Al Green, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, John Legend, Lauren Daigle and Van Morrison, while their multifaceted collaborative efforts include Dierks Bentley, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Leslie Jordan, Mumford & Sons, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Sturgill Simpson. For more information and a full list of tour dates visit www.thewarandtreaty.com.

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