TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF TALLGRASS EXPRESS!
Formed in 2004 and located in the heart of the Kansas Flint Hills, Tallgrass Express String
Band is a four-member string band dedicated to traditional style string band music with a focus
on the Flint Hills region.
The band has recorded three CDs, and is in the process of recording a fourth DOUBLE CD
album of 30 original songs - Sky and Water, Wind and Grass: Vol. 2 & 3 Songs of the
Kansas Flint Hills, estimated completion date June 2014 - don't miss our CD Debut
Concert September 13, 2014 in Cottonwood Falls!
The band tailors programs to fit each audience and performs an assortment of acoustic musical
styles that are easy on the ears and appeal to all ages. In historic western dress, they sing and
play a variety of instruments including fiddle, mandolin, guitar, upright bass, harmonica, and
concertina. They can perform vocal and instrumental concerts, or provide background
instrumental music for multi-function events. Concerts include brief stories on the background of
songs, humorous observations on rural life, and frequent references to the heritage, land and
culture of their home, the tallgrass prairie of the Kansas Flint Hills.
Tallgrass Express' repertoire is as broad as the cultural roots of Kansas. Genres include fast-
driving old time and bluegrass favorites, folk ballads, progressive swing tunes, beautiful ancient
Celtic melodies, early American gospel hymns, and beloved cowboy and western standards.
Finally, they also include many original songs written in traditional style about Kansas and the land
and life of the Flint Hills.
It's all delivered with a sparkle they hope shows how much they enjoy making and sharing their
music with others. Having given over 200 performances, their experience includes community
festivals and concerts, gallery openings, historical events, organization dinners, parties, weddings
and receptions, church programs, and dances. (See Concert Schedule for upcoming events)
Member Annie Wilson says, “We feel incredibly lucky to live amidst the splendor and wide open
spaces of the Flint Hills tallgrass prairie, and through our music, we celebrate this land and its
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"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,
|This band is the real deal; their music rises
from the land they love.
--Cheryl Unruh, Emporia Gazette
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|Tallgrass Express is cited as a
"Reason We Love Kansas"
--Kansas Magazine Winter 2011
|Tallgrass Express member
Annie Wilson is 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.
|Band photos taken by
on Five Oaks Ranch
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