TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF TALLGRASS EXPRESS!
For booking: 620-273-8301 or
|Add the excitement of live music
to your event!
"The biggest pleasure we've had here at the Emma
Chase Friday Night Pickin's is watching the growth of
individual musicians. Perhaps that pleasure is only
amplified when some of the best musicians group
together to become something truly special. Such is
the case of Tallgrass Express."
--Sue and Monty Smith, Emma Chase Cafe,
|Tallgrass Express is cited as a
"Reason We Love Kansas"
--Kansas Magazine Winter 2011
|Tallgrass Express member
Annie Wilson was named
"Flint Hills Balladeer"
by the Kansas Governor
on January 11, 2013, for her
"honorable endeavors to share
the beauty of the Kansas Flint
Hills through words and music,
to inspire an abiding love for
the Kansas Flint Hills, and to
enhance and elevate the quality
of life for those who call the
Flint Hills home."
|With lyrical vocals and classic string band style, this group will
take you to a world of stunning landscapes, western romance and
humor, skilled cowboys and spunky cowgirls, runaway horses,
Indian buffalo hunts, old trail days, and lovely prairie walks among
native birds, mammals, grasses and wildflowers.
Tallgrass Express String Band has never let us down and
has always exceeded our expectations...It is a real treat for
visitors and the staff alike to have this high caliber group
play for our historic barn dances. Everyone looks forward
to the events.
--Heather Brown, Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Formed in 2004, Tallgrass Express is a truly regional band, staying close to their roots and
performing mainly at community events in the Flint Hills region. Their mission is to provide local
entertainment, and through their recordings, share with a broader audience their celebration of the
beauty and wonder of the Kansas Flint Hills and its ranching culture.
The band has recorded four CDs, including a unique album series of 46 all-original Songs from
the Kansas Flint Hills. The new 2014 double-CD album of 30 songs, entitled: Sky & Water,
Wind & Grass follows the 2010 Clean Curve of Hill Against Sky.
Tallgrass Express tailors programs to fit their audience. In addition to their original songs about
the land and life of the Flint Hills, they perform fast-driving old timey and bluegrass favorites, folk
ballads, Western swing tunes, beautiful Celtic melodies, early American gospel hymns, and
beloved Cowboy and Western standards.
In historic western dress, they share their musical skills on fiddle, mandolin, harmonica, guitar and
bass and specialize in lyrical vocals and harmonies.
Concerts include brief stories on the background of songs, humorous observations on rural life
today, and frequent references to the heritage, land and culture of their home, the tallgrass prairie
of the Kansas Flint Hills. It's all delivered with a sparkle they hope shows how much they enjoy
making and sharing their music with others.
With over 200 performances, their experience includes community festivals and concerts, gallery
openings, historical events, organization dinners, parties, weddings and receptions, church
programs, and dances.
Member Annie Wilson says, “We feel incredibly lucky to live amidst the splendor and wide open
spaces of the Flint Hills tallgrass prairie. Through our music, we celebrate this land and its people.”
LOTS OF NEWS!
- IT'S HERE!!! Our new double CD - Sky &
Water, Wind & Grass - click title to find local
retailers or order on-line - 30 new original
songs of the Kansas Flint Hills
- We welcome Kim "Smitty" Schmidt to the band
as our new fiddler. We are so lucky to have
Kim's wonderful talents.
- The Summer 2014 - "Culture Issue" of KANSAS!
Magazine describes Tallgrass Express: "A
distinctly native experience...evoking the
landscape and time periods of which they sing."
Don't miss upcoming new CD-related performances:
- July 5 - Flint Hills Discovery Center - songwriters
Annie & Carl will present mini-concerts in the
afternoon and sign CDs
See full SCHEDULE
- Sat. Sept. 13 - Outdoor - CD Debut full band
Concert: sponsored by the Emma Chase Cafe
in beautiful downtown Cottonwood Falls
|The music of Annie Wilson and the Tallgrass Express
"is a treasure of Kansas and the Flint Hills."
--Bob Workman, founding Director,
Flint Hills Discovery Center
This band is the real deal; their music rises
from the land they love.
--Cheryl Unruh, Emporia Gazette
photo by Bruce Hogle
|2014 - Our
Ten Years of
|See hundreds of beautiful
NEW PHOTOS on Website
to illustrate our Flint Hills Songs
See CDs & Song Pages