Turpentine Wine will make its Jasper County debut from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday at the Oakland Acres Golf Club.
The band is a trio, but will only be a duet on Saturday, featuring Lisa Rowland on lead vocals and Bronson Bergeson on guitar.
“We are excited about coming to Oakland Acres to play,” Rowland said.
The third member of the group, Tim “Buck” Paulson, plays with another group as well and wasn’t able to join the group for the weekend trip.
“Buck usually doesn’t come with us on weekend trips, so its usually just Bronson and I,” Rowland said. “When I was growing up, I had only sisters, so Buck and Bronson are like the brothers that I have always wanted, which is what we have become a family.”
Turpentine Wine will bring a set of songs with them but will take requests throughout the night, creating crowd interaction.
“We used to say we’re a comedy act set to music,” Rowland said with a laugh. “We play a little of everything, although both Bronson and I come from country music groups. We play classics like Dolly Parton. We play music from current artist like Miranda Lambert and Maroon 5. We also play an acoustic version of “No Diggity” by Blackstreet, so we play a little bit of everything.”
Rowland wishes she had a more impactful story on how Turpentine Wine came up with their name, but it came down to needing a name.
“For the longest time, playing local shows, we didn’t have a name,” Rowland said. “We had a list of 50 possibilities for a group name, but it wasn’t until we were scheduled to open for Billy Currington that I said ‘We need a name’. Turpentine Wine came up, which Bronson wasn’t sure about the name, but by the end of it all we decided on Turpentine Wine.”
Turpentine Wine has opened for Currington and was offered to open for country music legend Loretta Lynn.
“It was cool to meet the guys from Billy’s band,” Rowland said. “The guys were so down to earth and fun. It would have been amazing to open up for Loretta Lynn, but even though things got changed, it was great to be able to just get offered the gig.”
Turpentine Wine has traveled near and far from their home state of Minnesota to perform for music fans.
“We love being on the road heading to shows,” Rowland said. “We have played in many different venues, but it’s really fun to play in small dive bars.”
Rowland doesn’t see herself as a high maintenance girl traveling with the band, but is known for bringing three bags for a three day trip.
“The big thing is which one of the guys is going to get my bag of shoes,” Rowland said with a laugh. “The guys can pack everything they need for the trip in a duffle bag. I always bring shoes, makeup and, of course, I haven’t picked out anything to wear yet, so I may have five to six outfits for the three day trip.”
Turpentine Wine is waiting on their first album “Tuck the Moon In” to be delivered to them early next week.
“We were hoping to be able to bring hard copies of the album with us this weekend,” Rowland said. “However, if you like what you hear on Friday, the album will be on sale at iTunes and CD Baby.”
Staff writer Zach Johnson may be contacted at (641) 792-3121, ext. 425, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.