The War and Treaty, John Gorka bring powerful music and stories to WoodSongs April 9

By Matt Wickstrom

The War and Treaty are the husband & wife duo of Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount. Photo by crackerfarm.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 4, 2018) – The Lyric Theatre will welcome two powerful, critically-acclaimed musicians to its stage for WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour on Monday, April 9, spearheaded by singer-songwriter John Gorka and soulful Americana group The War and Treaty.

John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania. After 14 critically acclaimed albums, countless national and international tours, and collaborations with the likes of Nanci Griffith, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ani DiFranco, Lucy Kaplansky, Patty Larkin, and many more, Gorka is now releasing True in Time, a 12-song collection he put together with long time producer, Rob Genadek on Red House Records.

The War and Treaty are the husband & wife duo of Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount. For 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. The band released their latest EP Down to the River in 2017.

Fans in attendance should be seated for WoodSongs by 6:45 p.m. on the day of show. For more information visit



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