• NEWS AND NOTES: Kip Moore, Carrie Underwood, The War And Treaty

    Kip Moore sits down with Cody Alan to talk about his new album, Damn Love, as well as his trek to Australia and South Africa. Check it out this weekend — Saturday(April 29th) and Sunday (April 30th) at 9am ET/8am CT,

    Carrie Underwood will perform at the Opry on June 6th. She’ll be joined by Josh Turner, The Oak Ridge Boys, Bill Anderson and Lainey Wilson for the Grand Ole Opry 50th CMA Fest week kick-off celebration. The two shows will be filmed and will air Saturday June 10th as Opry Live on Circle Network, as well as Circle Networks social pages.


    The War And Treaty covered Willie Nelson‘s “Whiskey River” to celebrate the superstar’s 90th birthday exclusively on Spotify.






    Keith Urban and The War And Treaty are among the first round of performers at this year’s ACM Awards. Billed as “Country Music’s Party of the Year,” the three-hour special will also feature performances by Jason Aldean, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Cody Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Jo Dee Messina, Ashley McBryde, Dolly Parton, Jelly Roll, Cole Swindell, Morgan Wallen, Lainey Wilson and Bailey Zimmerman.



    The War And Treaty are also nominated for the first time in the Duo of the Year category.


    Additional performers for the 58th ACM Awards, along with presenter and ACM Awards week ancillary events will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, visit ACMcountry.com.

    The 58th Annual ACM Awards will be free to stream live for a global audience across 240+ countries and territories exclusively on Prime Video and the Amazon Music channel on Twitch, May 11th at 7pm ET/6pm CT/4pm PT from the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. The full rebroadcast will stream the next day for free on Amazon Freevee.


    The nominations for the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards have been announced. Chris Stapleton picks up four nods, including Entertainer of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for “You Should Probably Leave” as both artist and songwriter.

    Jon Pardi picks up nominations for Album of the Year for Mr. Saturday Night as songwriter and producer.



    Carrie Underwood is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, while Jordan Davis scores his first ACM nomination for Male Artist of the Year.

    Little Big Town is up for Group of the Year, and the Duo of the Year category features Brothers Osborne, Maddie & Tae and The War And Treaty.







    Of note, John Osborne from Brothers Osborne earns a second nod for Album of the Year (Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville) as Producer.

    The Academy of Country Music Awards will air live from the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas on May 11th on Amazon Prime.

    Entertainer of the Year

    Jason Aldean
    Kane Brown
    Luke Combs
    Miranda Lambert
    Chris Stapleton
    Carrie Underwood
    Morgan Wallen

    Female Artist of the Year

    Kelsea Ballerini
    Miranda Lambert
    Ashley McBryde
    Carly Pearce
    Lainey Wilson

    Male Artist of the Year

    Kane Brown
    Luke Combs
    Jordan Davis
    Chris Stapleton
    Morgan Wallen

    Duo of the Year

    Brooks & Dunn
    Brothers Osborne
    Dan + Shay
    Maddie & Tae 
    The War and Treaty

    Group of the Year

    Lady A
    Little Big Town 
    Old Dominion
    Zac Brown Band

    New Female Artist of the Year

    Priscilla Block 
    Megan Moroney
    Caitlyn Smith
    Morgan Wade
    Hailey Whitters

    New Male Artist of the Year

    Zach Bryan
    Jackson Dean
    Dylan Scott
    Nate Smith
    Bailey Zimmerman

    Album of the Year

    Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville – Ashley McBryde; Producer: John Osborne
    Bell Bottom Country – Lainey Wilson; Producer: Jay Joyce
    Growin’ Up – Luke Combs; Producers: Luke Combs, Chip Matthews, Jonathan Singleton
    Mr. Saturday Night – Jon Pardi; Producers: Jon Pardi, Bart Butler, Ryan Gore
    Palomino – Miranda Lambert; Producers: Jon Randall, Luke Dick, Miranda Lambert, Mikey Reaves

    Single of the Year

    “Heart Like a Truck” – Lainey Wilson; Producer: Jay Joyce
    “Never Wanted to Be That Girl” – Carly Pearce & Ashley McBryde; Producers: Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally
    “She Had Me at Heads Carolina” – Cole Swindell; Producer: Zach Crowell
    “Thank God” – Kane Brown with Katelyn Brown; Producer: Dann Huff
    “‘Til You Can’t” – Cody Johnson; Producer: Trent Willmon

    Song of the Year

    “Sand In My Boots” – Morgan Wallen; Songwriters: Ashley Gorley, Josh Osborne, Michael Hardy
    “She Had Me at Heads Carolina” – Cole Swindell; Songwriters: Ashley Gorley, Cole Swindell, Jesse Frasure, Mark D. Sanders, Thomas Rhett, Tim Nichols; Publishers: Ashley Gorley
    “‘Til You Can’t” – Cody Johnson; Songwriters: Ben Stennis, Matt Rogers
    “wait in the truck” – HARDY ft. Lainey Wilson; Songwriters: Hunter Phelps, Jordan Schmidt, Michael Hardy, Renee Blair
    “You Should Probably Leave” – Chris Stapleton; Songwriters: Ashley Gorley, Chris DuBois, Chris Stapleton

    Visual Media of the Year

    “HEARTFIRST” – Kelsea Ballerini; Producers: Christen Pinkston & Wesley Stebbins-Perry; Director: P Tracy}
    “She Had Me at Heads Carolina” – Cole Swindell; Producer: Troy Jackson; Director: Spidey Smith
    “Thank God” – Kane Brown with Katelyn Brown; Producer: Luke Arreguin; Director: Alex Alvga
    “‘Til You Can’t” – Cody Johnson; Producer: Maddy Hayes; Director: Dustin Haney
    “wait in the truck” – HARDY feat. Lainey Wilson; Producer: Inkwell Productions; Director: Justin Clough
    “What He Didn’t Do” – Carly Pearce; Producer: Ryan Byrd; Director: Alexa Campbell

    Songwriter of the Year

    Nicolle Galyon
    Ashley Gorley
    Chase McGill
    Josh Osborne
    Hunter Phelps

    Artist-Songwriter of the Year

    Luke Combs
    Miranda Lambert
    Morgan Wallen


    Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about being nominated for Entertainer of the Year.


    Carrie Underwood (Entertainer nomination) OC: …that category. :47
    “It is, I mean, obviously such an honor to be nominated in Entertainer of the Year. Obviously, that’s such a tough category to be in, ‘cause there’s just so, I don’t even want to call it competition, there’s just so many hard working artists out there that are just you know pouring themselves and their time and their energy and their love and their artistry into what they do. You know, obviously just to even be in the final category is just absolutely amazing and hopefully, above all, we can all just remember that it’s a celebration of a great year in country music and in our careers as artists, so we’ll just see what happens, but definitely excited to be in that category.”

    Audio / Jon Pardi says his album, Mr. Saturday Night, is more about his life experiences than any other record.


    Jon Pardi (New album Mr Sat Night) OC: …record before. :10
    “I think it’s a special record. I think it’s different, and Mr Saturday Night, I say about this record – it’s more life experience on this record than any record before.”

    Audio / Priscilla Block is so excited to be nominated for ACM New Female this year.


    Priscilla Block (ACM 2023 nomination) OC: …to party, baby! :28
    “Omigosh! It’s Priscilla Block. I am so honored and just literally freaking out that I am nominated for New Female at the ACM Awards. This is my second year being nominated, and it’s such an honor. Gosh, I think about five years ago when I would’ve dreamed of being here, so I’m really excited, and it’s gonna be in Texas, so I’m ready. I’m ready to party, baby!”

    Audio / Michael and Tanya Trotter of The War And Treaty talk about their first ACM nomination for Duo of the Year.


    The War and Treaty (ACM 2023 nomination) OC: (Tanya) …country music. 1:13
    “Hey everybody! I’m Tanya, and I’m Michael, and we’re The War and Treaty. (Michael) This morning, April 13th, we woke up and to be able to see Bobby Bones do the nominations for the ACMS ad get to the category of Duo of the Year, and we were just callin’ ‘em out. We were like, ‘Brooks & Dunn,’ ‘Dan + Shay,’ and we were like ‘Brothers Osborne,’ Brothers Osborne, yes! Dan + Shay, Dan + Shay, and we was like, ‘Yes.’ We were like, ‘Maddie & Tae,’ we was like ‘Yes,’ and then time slowed down. They were like The War and Treaty. And honestly, we burst into tears, we screamed, we yelled, we high-fived, we hugged our manager, Christina. In our minds then traveled back in time and forward. We traveled to Charly Pride, DeFord Bailey and Ray Charles, and we were like, ‘I hope they’re seeing this wherever they are, and I hope they’re dancing and high-fiving as well. Thank you, ACMs.” TANYA: “Thank you so much to the ACMs and everybody who’s nominated and all of our peers in country music.”

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, The War and Treaty, Little Big Town, Travis Denning, Priscilla Block

    Dierks Bentley‘s latest hit single, “Gold,” has been tapped for a new commercial for the Chevrolet Colorado. The ad was played during the March Madness playoff basketball games and is being seen (and heard) during baseball games on network television.


    Luke Bryan has partnered with Smithfield Foods for their “The Good Goes On” platform, which is helping “people discover how to best nurture themselves and be inspired to share the goodness with those around them through mealtimes, social gatherings and special occasions.” Luke says, “I’m proud to kick off the Good Goes On program because there’s always room for more good in the world. I’m a believer in finding the good in every day, having fun and spreading joy. We have a few surprises up our sleeves this year, so be sure to follow us as we continue to find ways you can spread the good in 2023!”

    The War and Treaty
     appeared on the Jennifer Hudson Show on Thursday (April 6th). The duo talked about the origin of their name, how Tanya got a role in Sister Act 2, what Michael did when he served in the Army and their new album, Lover’s Game.

    The duo then performed “Have You A Heart,” the last track from Lover’s Game.


    Little Big Town‘s Karen Fairchild co-wrote Ashley Ray’s new single, “Married,” with the singer-songwriter, who will also open for the Grammy-winning group beginning April 13th in Birmingham, Alabama.

    Travis Denning will perform during the Saturday Night Concert April 22nd prior to the GEICO 500 race at the Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday (April 23rd).


    Priscilla Block will perform as part of BMI Nashville’s “Rooftop on the Row” on May 16th.


    Carrie Underwood, Tyler Hubbard and The War and Treaty are among the artists lending their talents to honor the victims and the survivors of The Covenant School tragic shooting in Nashville last month with a benefit this Wednesday (April 12th). “A Night of Joy Celebrating The Covenant School” will take place at 7pm CT at The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Belmont University.

    Thomas Rhett, Steven Curtis Chapman, Sixpence None The Richer, Lady A, The Warren Brothers and many more will also perform. All proceeds will go to benefit The Covenant School.

    Due to the overwhelming demand and outpouring of support for A Night of Joy Celebrating The Covenant School, a simulcast overflow viewing will take place in the Massey Performing Arts Center at Belmont University. These $25 tickets are very limited, and all proceeds benefit The Covenant School.

    For more information, go here: https://www.thefishercenter.com/2023/04/04/covenant-benefit/



    Genre-bending duo” (Paste) known as The War And Treaty will make the television debut of their fiery new single “Ain’t No Harmin’ Me” tonight (March 27th) on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 10:35pm CT on ABC. Named as one of Vulture‘s “2023 Best Songs of the Year So Far,” the track co-written by Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Trotter is the latest release from their new milestone album LOVER’S GAME (Mercury Nashville) and pulls back another layer of The War And Treaty’s maturing relationship. The 10-song collection produced by Dave Cobb has already been named one of the best albums of the year so far by No Depression as well as Holler and is available here.

    On the heels of LOVER’S GAME release, the husband and wife duo made their mark at SXSW by “turning the outdoor stage into a barnstorming Southern rock and soul revue” (Rolling Stone) before launching their 35-city LOVERS GAME TOUR with special guest Kat & Alex. Known for their “exhilarating live shows” (NPR) last night’s capacity crowd at Los Angeles’ Troubadour experienced how the recent CMT Music Awards nominated duo bring “the devotional fervour of a revival meeting,” (The Guardian). Limited tickets are still available for select dates as a portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association and Vet Tix.

    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.” With more than 100 shows last 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. As they have created vastly diverse tour opportunities across multiple genres, The War And Treaty will join Chris Stapleton on the All American Road Show Tour this summer. For more information visit www.thewarandtreaty.com.

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Brothers Osborne, The War And Treaty, Little Big Town, Parker McCollum

    Brothers Osborne had to cancel their appearance at Monday night’s (March 20th) Love Rising concert. In a message to fans on their socials John Osborne explained the reason behind the cancellation. John also posted on his own Instagram account that it’s “go time” while wearing a surgical mask and other hospital gear (see this post below).

    The War and Treaty‘s Michael and Tanya Trotter will perform on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live March 27th. Check local listings for time.

    Little Big Town will hit the road on their Friends of Mine Tour next month. Opening on the trek, which kicks off April 13th in Birmingham, Alabama, are Caitlyn Smith, Ashley Ray, Jonathan Hutcherson, Patty Griffin and Carter Faith. Tickets are now on sale.

    Parker McCollum is set to perform a pre-race concert at the Nashville Superspeedway ahead of the Ally 400 on June 25th. “I’ve always been a big fan of NASCAR and am excited to bring my show to the track in June,” said Parker in a press release.


    Welcome to the Church of Love with The War And Treaty! Covering a diverse range of music pallets with their “jaw-dropping harmonies” (American Songwriter), the trailblazing husband-and-wife duo expand on their sound that cuts through the whole of Southern music tradition with the release of their milestone album, LOVER’S GAME (Mercury Nashville), out Friday (March 10th). The 10-song collection produced by Dave Cobb proves why the “Nashville couple is as good as it gets” (Music Row) as they offer “stunning vocals and thought-provoking lyrics” (Nashville Lifestyles) that share a unique perspective on shifting cultural and musical tides while pulling back the layers of a maturing relationship.

    After receiving their first-ever CMT Music Awards nomination, Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Trotter will showcase why “they are unlike any other act in music” (The Tennessean) when they perform the album’s title-track on the TODAY show Friday (March 10th). Additionally, The War And Treaty will sit-down with CMT Hot 20 Countdown this weekend (3/11 & 3/12 @ 8:00A CT on CMT) as they discuss the authenticity and truth behind LOVER’S GAME. Next week, they will bring their “massive, show-stopping vocals” (Vulture) to multiple performances at SXSW before launching the 35-city trek LOVER’S GAME TOUR on March 19th in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

    As “the music world has definitely shown that it’s ready to love The War And Treaty,” (Billboard) LOVER’S GAME has been touted by critics ahead of its release as the duo “keeps soaring past expectations” (Associated Press).

    “Every single song on LOVER’S GAME is alone worth the price of the album…a stunning collection of songs that explore the vulnerability and incandescent passion of love.” – No Depression

    “Vital and fiery, The War And Treaty draft an authentic Southern revival feeling. They’ve fashioned an album fusing steamy Muscle Shoals with classic Hank Williams Country.” – HITS Magazine

    “Offers an insightful perspective on a long-lasting relationship. It speaks of everlasting and ever-growing love between two people.” – Paste

    “The War And Treaty bare their souls with scorched-earth vocals and heart-rending, confessional songwriting.” – Holler

    “LOVER’S GAME is a fitting tribute to the force that brought Michael and Tanya together as they capture hearts with their riotously soulful sound.” – The Bluegrass Situation

    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. With more than 100 shows last year, the duo has 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. As they have created vastly diverse tour opportunities across multiple genres, The War And Treaty will join Chris Stapleton on the All American Road Show Tour this summer. For more information visit www.thewarandtreaty.com.



    Audio / Michael and Tanya of The War and Treaty talk about the sounds that make up their Lover's Game album.


    The War And Treaty (Lover’s Game) 1 OC: …was honest. 1:26
    TANYA: “We come from so many different places with music. I mean, we love blues, and when you think of country music and people always ask, ‘Why are you signed to a country music label?’ Well, blues, jazz, gospel, all of the things that make up who we are, you know, what we grew up listening to, even Calypso. My mother was Hispanic, so we grew up listening to all different styles of music. And then the Country music genre itself, it really exemplifies the kind of lifestyle that Michael and I have. It’s the one music you can have fun, you can drink a beer, you can talk about your faith, you can have a good time and it encompasses that sound, so you can write about all those things and the storytelling is there as well.” MICHAEL: “But with this album, if you don’t mind me interjecting, I think that the main focus was to let it just pour out of you however it’s gonna come out and intentionally given the sound of our love. Sometimes our love has the heartbreak of a country or a blues song; sometimes our love has the elegance and smokiness of jazz or the sexiness of R&B or the urgency salvation of gospel and Christian. So, we just wanted it to sound the way we felt and that was honest.”

    Audio / The War and Treaty's Michael and Tanya talk about how their new album is a gift of love.


    The War And Treaty (Church of The War and Treaty) OC: (Michael) …gift of love. :34
    TANYA: “It’s what we say at our shows, you know, ‘Welcome to the Church of The War and Treaty and the message you’re gonna get here is love, love, love, love.’ That’s it. That’s how we introduce them to our shows, every show.” MICHAEL: “That’s our saying, all the time. It’s very important that you remember just how powerful love is, and love is not cliché, no matter how you slice it. Love never goes out of style, love is always in, and what we all need now is love and so this record is Tanya and I’s gift of love.”

    Audio / LINER The War and Treaty (available this week)

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Eric Church, Jon Pardi, Kip Moore, Brothers Osborne, The War and Treaty, Luke Grimes, Boy Named Banjo, Jordan Davis, The War and Treaty, Boy Named Banjo

    Eric Church, Jon Pardi and Kip Moore are among the artists performing during the 2023 Frontier Nights during the Cheyenne Frontier Days. The week+-long event kicks off July 21st and will also feature performances by Old Dominion, Zach Bryan, Five Finger Death Punch, Tim McGraw, Carly Pearce and wrapping up with a show by Cody Johnson on July 29th. Tickets go on sale March 15th. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

    Brothers Osborne will perform at a benefit concert, “Love Rising,” to support Tennessee equal rights organizations on March 20th at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The show will also feature performances by Maren Morris, Jason Isbell, Sheryl Crow, Hayley Williams, Hozier, Amanda Shires, Joy Oladokun.

    Brothers Osborne’s TJ Osborne is being honored by the Human Rights Campaign with the Visibility Award at their 2023 Nashville Dinner on Saturday (March 11th). The award recognizes LBGTQ+ individuals who are living open and honest lives at home, at work and in their community.

    The War and Treaty, Luke Grimes and Boy Named Banjo have been tapped to perform at this year’s Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, taking place September 23rd-24th in Franklin, Tennessee. Zach Bryan and The Lumineers will headline the two-day event, with additional performances by Ashley McBryde, Hailey Whitters, Yola, The Black Crowes, Charlie Worsham, James Bay, Madeline Edwards, Margo Price, Tigirlily Gold and more. Tickets go on sale Thursday (March 9th) at 10am CT. For more information on tickets, click here.



    Jordan Davis performed his latest single, “Next Thing You Know,” on ABC’s Live With Kelly and Ryan last week.


    Video /


    As powerhouse vocal duo The War And Treaty launch their headlining LOVER’S GAME TOUR next month in Oklahoma City, OK (3/19), the duo is enlisting Kat & Alex and William Prince as direct support. The 35-city run named after their forthcoming LOVER’S GAME album, out Mar. 10, takes the husband-and-wife duo to major markets including Los Angeles, CA (3/26) and New York City (5/03) before closing out the leg in Nashville, TN (5/13). With a stint of sold-out shows before the run has started, limited tickets are still available at www.thewarandtreaty.com. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association and Vet Tix.

    “Michael and I have been working hard to make this tour a special opportunity for fans to unite through the power of love with our new music,” Tanya Trotter said. “We are so excited to have Kat &  Alex and William Prince join us on the road and we are looking forward to creating some unforgettable moments together.”

    Fans will see firsthand why “they are unlike any other act in music” (The Tennessean) as they offer “massive, show-stopping vocals” (Vulture) and deliver new music from LOVER’S GAME. The 10-song collection produced by Dave Cobb, marks their first major-label release under Mercury Nashville as it finds Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Trotter offering a unique perspective on shifting cultural and musical tides while pulling back the layers of a maturing relationship.

    Ahead of their headlining run, The War And Treaty sat down with Sunday TODAY yesterday (2/12) as they discussed the importance of black culture in Country music while sharing a look at their recording process. To watch the segment click here.

    3/19 Oklahoma City, OK *
    3/21 Phoenix, AZ *
    3/23 Solana Beach *
    3/24 Santa Ana, CA *
    3/25 Pioineertown, CA *
    3/26 Los Angeles, CA *
    3/28 San Francisco, CA *
    3/30 Portland, OR *
    3/31 Seattle, WA * SOLD-OUT
    4/01 Vancouver, BC, Canada *
    4/03 Bozeman, MT  SOLD-OUT
    4/05 Salt Lake City, UT *
    4/07 Denver, CO *
    4/13 Louisville, KY –
    4/14 St. Louis, MO  –
    4/15 Davenport, IA  –
    4/16 Minneapolis, MN –
    4/19 Evanston, IL –
    4/20 Grand Rapids, MI –
    4/21 Detroit, MI –
    4/22 Columbus, OH –
    4/23 Cleveland, OH –
    4/25 Buffalo, NY –
    4/26 Toronto, ON, Canada
    4/28 South Burlington, VT –
    4/29 Brownfield, ME
    4/30 Rockland, ME –
    5/02 Hamden, CT –
    5/03 New York, NY –
    5/05 Ardmore, PA –
    5/06 Washington, DC –
    5/09 Charlotte, NC –
    5/10 Durham, NC –
    5/11 Knoxville, TN –
    5/13 Nashville, TN –

    * Kat & Alex Support
    – William Prince Support