It's not surprising that the married couple, comprised of Michael and Tanya Trotter, have received comparisons to Ike and Tina Turner.
There are a couple of hard-charging, rock and soul originals on the Trotter's album, Healing Tide, that recall the dueling vigor of the music the Turners made together. But while Tina Turner's revelations have made us hear the volatility of her relationship with Ike in the musical heat they generated, the Trotters' songs "All I Wanna Do" and "Healing Tide" convey an ecstatic, empowering sense of partnership that serves as the duo's creative engine and core message. Both Tanya and Michael take turns venturing out on emotional limbs on Healing Tide, produced with the sympathetic touch of Buddy Miller. Voicing needs and longings in a tone simultaneously ardent and tentative, they make the risks of mutuality felt.
Our club's Artist Discovery Act for the month of August, The War and Treaty is a powerful duo we instantly fell in love with.