Whether playing on a flatbed trailer at a ranch, doing roving music at Symphony in the Flint Hills,
or entertaining in an art gallery in Kansas City, Tallgrass Express brings the look and sound
of the Flint Hills to delighted listeners.
With lyrical storytelling and high caliber musicianship,
they celebrate the landscape and culture of their beloved region.
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A Flint Hills Band
Formed in 2004, Tallgrass Express is a truly regional band, focusing on this unique region in Kansas and Oklahoma.
The Flint Hills contain the last significant remainder of the once-largest ecosystem in North American - the tallgrass prairie.
Bandmember Annie Wilson says, “We feel incredibly lucky to live amidst the beauty and wide open spaces of the Flint Hills. Through our music, we celebrate the wonder of this land and its people.”
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ANNIE WILSON sings lead and plays guitar. Annie also performs solo on occasion.
CARL REED is on bass, guitar, and harmonica, as well as singing lead and harmony vocals.
DERRICK DOTY is on fiddle, and also plays mandolin and banjo.
"I like to write songs, but what makes them really come together is the advice and talent of my band partners" Annie says.
Songs of the Flint Hills - CD series
The group has recorded five album projects.
These include the unique “Songs of the Kansas Flint Hills” series of three albums with over 50 original songs by singer-songwriter Annie Wilson.
Wilson was named the Flint Hills Balladeer by Kansas in 2013 for her efforts “to share the beauty of the Kansas Flint Hills through words and music.”
Tallgrass Express tailors programs to fit each audience.
Besides Flint Hills songs, concerts can include 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.
They also provide top quality instrumentals for background music at social events.
In their trademark historic western dress, the group will share 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.