Powerhouse vocal institution, The War and Treaty, nabbed the Duo/Group of the Year Award at the 22nd Annual Americana Honors & Awards.
Composed of husband and wife, Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Trotter, the genre-breaking singers claim the category for the second consecutive year.
Taking the mic first, Tanya shared, "I still get butterflies whenever I come into this building. I remember when Michael and I came here from Michigan and asked ourselves if we could one day be on this stage with all of our heroes. To realize that four years later we would be up here winning awards is just mind blowing."
Michael made mention of several of their Americana heroes, including Emmylou Harris, Marty Stuart, John Prine and others, while also reminding the audience of the importance and comfort of music.
Formed in Michigan in 2014, The War and Treaty have turned their live shows into a full-on revival. With an impassioned delivery and fiery conviction, the duo draws on folk, country, R&B, gospel, rock 'n' roll and everything in between, often combining them all into a scrumptious cocktail dripping in talent.
Notching the Emerging Act of the Year Award from the Americana Music Association in 2021, the duo's full-length debut, Lover's Game, arrived in early 2023 and finds them straddling the thin line between Americana and country as they explore love, its intentions and their many lessons learned throughout their relationship.
The nominees in the Duo/Group of the Year category were stacked this year. In addition to the newly-crowned winners, the acts vying to take home the title included 49 Winchester, Caamp, Nickel Creek and Plains.
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