Playing a dozen U.S. dates with the country/Southern rock superstar, Tanya and Michael Trotter return to Grand Rapids for an arena-sized homecoming. Plus, listen to an encore Local Spins on WYCE show.
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Suffice to say, The War and Treaty has racked up a bevy of milestones since its humble beginnings as a soulful Americana duo from the tiny community of Albion, pop. 7,970.
After making a splash in Michigan, the band promptly made waves in Nashville, opening for major acts, earning “Emerging Artist of the Year” honors and making an appearance on the nationally televised Grammy Awards show.
In 2022, after signing with a major label (Mercury Nashville/Universal Music Group), Michael and Tanya Trotter won duo/group of the year at Nashville’s prestigious Americana Music Association awards show.
And earlier this year, after releasing “Lover’s Game,” produced by Grammy Award winner Dave Cobb, the band enjoyed sold-out homecoming shows in Grand Rapids and Detroit.
But getting a chance to play a dozen U.S. dates with country/Southern rock superstar Chris Stapleton — who brings his “All American Road Show” to the 12,000-capacity Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids on June 2 — raises the bar yet again.
“We are so pumped up,” Michael Trotter told Local Spins. “To say this is a dream come true seems so weak compared to how we feel on the inside.”
The duo has played Van Andel Arena previously, opening for Bob Seger in 2018. “The fans were great; we just wished we had interaction with the legend himself,” Tanya Trotter said. “He was too busy taking us to school showing us how it’s done. He was awesome.”
Michael Trotter added that The War and Treaty’s busy summer also includes a tour of the United Kingdom, more headlining dates and “much needed family time.”
Get details and tickets — $139.75-$325 — for the June 2 Van Andel Arena concert online here.
Local Spins interviewed the Trotters earlier this year upon release of “Lover’s Game,” which eventually soared to No. 1 on the Local Spins Hot Top 5 Chart representing the albums by Michigan artists that received the most radio airplay at Grand Rapids’ WYCE (88.1 FM).
Listen to the full interview and March 10 radio show podcast here — an episode that includes new music by Protomartyr, May Erlewine, Earth Radio and more.
PODCAST: Encore Presentation of Local Spins on WYCE (3/10/23)
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