Ticket: The WAR and TREATY / CALEB CAUDLE - APRIL 28 at Standard Deluxe

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Ticket: The WAR and TREATY / CALEB CAUDLE - APRIL 28 at Standard Deluxe

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Standard Deluxe and Cottonseed Studios present:

The WAR and TREATY  plus special guest: CALEB CAUDLE

OUTDOOR Stage - Saturday APRIL 28th !

Tanya, Michael and their Band blew the doors off the
Little House out here last year with a Fantastic Uplifting
Sold Out show... 
We've joined forces with Cottonseed Studios for this
one and we're especially excited that more people
will get to enjoy them !

They've got a packed Tour and are playing all these
Great Festivals the next few months: Old Settler's
Festival, Festival Intl. de Louisina, Shaky Knees Festival,
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Bonnaroo Music
& Arts Festival, Pickathon, Newport Folk Festival, Bristol
Rhythm & Roots Reunion...
Come Hear them in the most intimate setting:
the Yard at Standard Deluxe

Come Hungry Early at 5:00 pm for Local Food Trucks

MAMA MOCHAS Coffee Roastery will be Set Up

Showtime 7:00 pm Sharp ! ( no opener)

Grab Your Chairs, Blankets and Small Coolers
( No Glass, this event byob)

Tickets $15.00 / Children 14 and Under FREE
Buy Early Online / THANKS for Your Support !

** Important: Choose WILL CALL in the Shipping InFo **
No PhysicaL Tickets Mailed
Your Name(s) will be at Will Call Day of Show
Tickets are non-refundable / Event is Rain or Shine
(( Rain Venue : John Emerald Distillery, Opelika, AL ))

The War and Treaty: the name itself represents the pull between
trauma and tranquility; music inspired by darkness and despair that
ultimately finds a higher spiritual purpose. It’s a sound manifested on
the group’s upcoming EP, Down to the River. 
For Michael Trotter Jr., the journey began in 2004, when he arrived in
Iraq, an untested soldier stricken by fear and self-doubt. His captain
made it his personal mission to see to Trotter’s survival. The unit was
encamped in one of Saddam Hussein’s private palaces, and in a
forgotten corner in its basement, they found a black upright piano that
once belonged to the dictator himself. When Trotter shared the fact
he could sing, he was encouraged to teach himself to play piano on
that confiscated keyboard. “I wrote my first song after that captain
was killed,” Trotter recalls. “I sang it for his memorial in Iraq.” Soon
after it became his mission to sing at the memorial services for those
that had fallen. For the next three years, he sang songs that brought
solace and comfort to the members of his unit. His efforts eventually
garnered wider recognition as well. He came in first place in “Military
Idol,” the army’s version of “American Idol,” during a competition held
in Baumholder, Germany. Following his discharge, he was featured
on the Hope Channel program “My Story, My Song.”

Then he met Tanya Blount. Blount, a seasoned performer whose
musical influences include Mahalia Jackson, Dolly Parton, Sister
Odette and Aretha Franklin, was amazed by Michael. "His personality
drew me in initial and then the sparks started to fly. I knew that I was
hooked" recalls Tanya. The two fell in love, got married and used the
experiences they had gained to create a new musical collaboration. 

The couple then secured the services of musicians whose skills add a
distinctive sound to The War and Treaty’s blend of roots music,
bluegrass, folk, gospel and soul. Recorded in Albion, Michigan, Down
to the River boasts a sound that’s both stirring and sensual, driven by
joy, determination and an unceasing upward gaze. The music is
visceral but never morose, flush with emotion but void of despair…
a style that touches on a variety of genres, but never finds itself
confined to any one. The arrangements are uncluttered– harmonies,
bass lines, guitar and mandolin licks, settle drum patterns and
keyboards create an immensely moving soundscape — but the
sentiments and emotions are fully realized and soar with a steady,
chilling assurance. “The recording process wasn’t like anything I ever
experienced,” Tanya recalls. “This EP has allowed me to breathe
musically. I feel like all I have wanted to express for the past ten
years has come forth with what we’ve done. The combination of
heart, soul and the overwhelming amount of love that Michael and I
have for one another comes across in this record. “ 
"I was sitting on the banks of the Euphrates River in Baghdad
dreaming about one day being able to play and sing professionally for
people all around the world,” Michael reflects. “As we recorded our
music, I constantly had flashbacks of those desert dreams. I thought
to myself that this is actually the perfect ending to usher in a new
beginning in my life.”  

That beginning can be heard in the album’s first single “Hi Ho,” a
WMNF hit that is now being heard on radio stations throughout the
country. Still, for all their optimism and initial intent, The War and
Treaty, knows that as their name suggests, perseverance is key to
success. They continue to tour, their son in tow, hoping to share
songs of reconciliation and humanity.