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, to 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 three CDs, and is now releasing its fourth: a double-CD album of 30
songs, entitled: Sky & Water, Wind & Grass: Volume 2 & 3 of Songs of the Kansas Flint
Hills. It follows the 2010 Clean Curve of Hill Against Sky, first volume of the band’s Songs of the
Kansas Flint Hills series.
Tallgrass Express tailors programs to fit their audience and performs an assortment of acoustic
musical styles including country, folk, bluegrass, blues, western, and contra dance, that are easy on
the ears and appeal to all ages. 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.
Tallgrass Express' repertoire is as broad as the cultural roots of Kansas. In addition to their original
songs about the land and life of the Flint Hills, they perform fast-driving old time and bluegrass
favorites, folk ballads, Western swing tunes, beautiful Celtic melodies, early American gospel
hymns, and beloved cowboy and western standards.
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
LOTS OF NEWS!
- We welcome Kim "Smitty" Schmidt to the band as
our new fiddler. We are so lucky to have Kim's
- Look for us in the May 2014 issue of KANSAS!
- Our new double CD - Sky & Water, Wind & Grass
arrives in May!
- Don't miss our CD debut concert Sat. Sept. 13 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
photo by Bruce Hogle
|2014 - Our
Ten Years of