A little more than a month ago, the War & Treaty’s Tanya Blount-Trotter was feeling the early symptoms of COVID-19, for which she eventually tested positive. She has since recovered from the virus and is back to making music at home with her husband and performing partner Michael Trotter Jr. In their latest video, the pair turn in a soulful rendition of the Sixties soul-pop classic “Baby, Now That I’ve Found You,” also recorded by their Rounder Records labelmate Alison Krauss.
Penned by Tony Macaulay and John MacLeod, “Baby, Now That I’ve Found You” was the debut single for the British soul band the Foundations in 1967 and featured a sunny, danceable arrangement that belied the heartbreak at its core. Krauss brought out the feeling of loss and longing in her Grammy-winning stripped-down 1995 version, which was the title track from a compilation album by the bluegrass-country star. In their version, War & Treaty slow it down even more, with Tanya handling most of the vocal duties and Michael providing the piano accompaniment along with some lovely harmonies.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and Tanya’s own battle with the illness, the War & Treaty were announced as supporting performers on John Legend’s Bigger Love Tour, which is scheduled to get underway August 12th in Grand Prairie, Texas. The duo will also release their Rounder Records debut Hearts Town, featuring the songs “Jealousy” and “Hustlin’,” on August 14th.