"Pretend Friend respects tradition and its musical heritage while consistently breaking new ground. The combination of expert writing and outstanding musicianship places the band in rarified company—one of those bands that wows fellow musicians with its acumen and leaves everyone tapping their toes and singing along to songs that seem to have always been."
Jedd Beaudoin | Host/Producer of Strange Currency
KMUW (NPR), Wichita, KS
Bending time, space, and genre, Pretend Friend will transport you to another dimension with quick-pickin' bluegrass, spellbinding harmonies, psychedelic jams, and award-winning songwriting.
Pretend Friend is an Americana jam band that defies convention and redefines the bluegrass genre with captivating live performances. Led by Grant Boesen, a mesmerizing lead singer and songwriter channeling the spirit of Shannon Hoon, Pretend Friend features some of the most talented musicians in the business. Kansas champion mandolinist, Evan Ogborn, renown bassist, Brody Wellman, and veteran banjoist, Garrett Briggeman, bring substantial style and depth of character to Pretend Friend.
With compelling songwriting at the core of their music, Pretend Friend weaves together intricate melodies and rich harmonies, creating a tapestry of sound that is both evocative and unforgettable. Improvisational live jamming sets Pretend Friend apart; no two shows are ever the same. Exceptional musicianship, fearless creativity, and boundless energy carry Pretend Friend across musical dimensions.