Pretend Friend is a string-band dynamo out of Wichita, Kansas. Their songs meld traditional bluegrass and folk with fiery rock and roll zest, and their performances are distinguished by high-energy picking and three-part vocal harmonies.
Pretend Friend tours nationally and has performed at the Walnut Valley Festival, Riverfest, String Break, Mamaloupalooza, Bluegrass at the Lake, and Acoustic Vacation.
Released in January 2018, their debut, self-titled electric album, Pretend Friend, features Grant Boesen as singer/songwriter and guitarist, Austin Groom as bassist, and Jason Snavely as drummer.
Pretend Friend’s newest release, Unnatural Currents, was arranged acoustically and released May 2019. It features Grant Boesen and Jason Snavely as singer/songwriter and drummer, respectively, with the addition of Evan Ogborn on mandolin and Brody Wellman on upright bass.