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“The Tallgrass Express String Band
continues to capture the imaginations of our
audiences year after year. Their musical
storytelling, their rich vocals, and heartfelt
instrumentation offer a unique experience
connecting people to the rich heritage of not
only the Flint Hills of Kansas but of any who
have chosen to live the prairie life.”
--Wendell Ganstrom, Highland Community
College Arts in the Barn Concert Series
KANSAS! Magazine says:
- Tallgrass Express is a "Reason We Love
- Tallgrass Express music is perfect for
your "Kansas Road Trip Playlist"
|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 is one of the true Flint
Hills treasures! Their genuinely authentic
performances exemplify the beauty and history
of our amazing Kansas ranching culture
through heartfelt musical harmony. The
Tallgrass Express performance at our 11th
Annual River Suite Dinner and Concert on the
Bridge was absolutely MAGICAL ... Love,
--Jennifer Laird, Economic Development and
Tourism Director – Chase County Chamber of
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 area.
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
The band has recorded four CDs, including a unique album series of 46 all-original Songs from the
Kansas Flint Hills. The 2014 double-CD album of 30 songs, entitled: "Sky & Water, Wind & Grass"
follows the 2010 "Clean Curve of Hill Against Sky."
Several of these songs by Flint Hills Balladeer and Tallgrass Express lead singer Annie Wilson have
been winners in the Walnut Valley Festival Annual Song Contests.
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. Tallgrass Express tailors
programs to fit each audience.
In historic western dress, the band shares their musical skills on fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass and
harmonica, and they 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 400 performances, their experience includes community festivals and concerts, gallery
openings, historical events, organization dinners, parties, weddings and receptions, church
programs, and dances.
Founding 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
|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
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In print and documentary video:
Annie Wilson and Tallgrass Express are featured in
|DEDICATED TO OUR PLACE - THE FLINT HILLS
Tallgrass Express lead singer/songwriter Annie Wilson received
2020 "Friend of the Flint Hills" award from the Flint Hills
Discovery Center in 2020 for her part as Coordinator of the Flint
Hills Map & Education Program. This project installed map
exhibits of the Flint Hills region, featuring areas of remaining
tallgrass prairie, with extensive related learning resources, to over
to 183 Flint Hills region schools reaching 114,000 students - to
instill pride and knowledge of their special home - the Flint Hills of
Kansas & Oklahoma (see video info below).
Annie was named the "Flint Hills Balladeer" by the State of
Kansas in 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."
SONGWRITING - Annie is now a seven-time winner in the Walnut
Valley NewSongs Contest - at Winfield Festival: