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"
|Tallgrass Express member
Annie Wilson was named
"Flint Hills Balladeer"
by the Kansas Dept of
Wildlife, Parks & Tourism
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."
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, 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
With over 250 performances, their experience includes community festivals and concerts, gallery
openings, historical events, organization dinners, parties, weddings and receptions, church programs,
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 people.”
in our Songs of the Flint Hills CDs.
Perfect gift for those who love Kansas,
the Flint Hills, and local Americana roots music!
Support our many local retailers or buy on-line.
LOTS OF NEWS!
- Annie is a WINNER of the Walnut Valley Festival
NewSong Showcase: 1st Place in Humor for
"Dung Beetle Bill" and 2nd place in Other for
"Wife Who Works in Town" - Played on Stage Two
- IT'S HERE!!! Our new double CD+Booklet - Sky &
Water, Wind & Grass - click here to find local
retailers or order on-line - 30 new original songs
- Vol 2 & 3 of "Songs of the Kansas Flint Hills"
Series + 24 pg booklet
|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