Fort Defiance is a folk duo from Nashville, Tennessee, Jordan Eastman and Laurel Lane. They also happen to be married. The two met in early 2014, and began touring together just three weeks later; living in the back of Eastman’s truck and playing shows across the country. Worry Has No Home was 100% crowdfunded which means they have a strong and very dedicated fan base. After listening to their beautiful music, you could easily be one of these ardent fans. There is a fine line between what is considered folk and country music. To me this is country music, but Fort Defiance probably doesn’t care what you call it, as long as you listen.
It is easy to listen to. Eastman’s and Lane’s vocals compliment each other so well that they take the listenability of this music to a 10. It is that good. They write and sing about a variety of topics, some happy and some sad. Either way, the songs are expertly crafted and tell a story that makes it easy to let your imagination wander. Momma, I’m Fine is a perfect example. It is a song about a man who is wrongfully convicted of a murder and sentenced to death. He wrote his mother 48 letters over 48 months that were sent by the warden, long after his death. Definitely a tearjerker.
Trouble On A Troubled Mind is another sad song about a relationship that hangs in the balance. Lamenting about what could have been done to save the doomed relationship. At the end there is the realization that nothing can be done and it is time to move on. There is some lovely harmonica that adds to the drama of this number. Although a number of the songs are sad, they are very compelling and draw you back in to listen over and over. Fort Defiance has a promising future and now is your chance to be a part of it.