Pastense plays a variety of new and old bluegrass and gospel music plus some old time country favorites. Many of their songs were adapted from traditional as well as contemporary artist, while adding their own unique flavor to make each piece their own. The group also performs some original material. They play everything from traditional hard driving bluegrass fiddle or banjo tunes to "break-your-heart" ballads about life's many struggles.


Joe and Jolleen were both named winners of the 2012 Songwriting Contest at the prestigious Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS. In addition to vocal harmonies and instrumentals, their performance is loaded with humorous anecdotes to complete the total entertainment package.


Pastense has provided entertainment to many folks around the Midwest, including bluegrass festivals, corporate events, fairs, community concerts, theme parks, television programs, opry houses, chuck wagon dinners, trail rides, theater productions and many other types of events. Pastense provided entertainment for the Inaugural Event 2007 - Best of Kansas, the inauguration event for Kansas Governor - Kathleen Sebelius.


In April of 1996 the group recorded its first album entitled Simple Ways, a second , self-titled album in the summer in 2003. The second CD was engineered by Kansas rock legend, Kerry Livgren. The group released it's third recorded project in November 2006 entitled Winter's Come and Gone. Most recently, Pastense released it's fourth project entitled Danced All Night In a Worn Out Shoe. Check out the "music" page to find samples.


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