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Tallgrass Express

September 12th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

Chase County Courthouse

Chase County Courthouse

After a week in captivity (can’t drive, foot is still in cast), I got out of the house tonight. Dave took me to Cottonwood Falls to hear the Tallgrass Express String Band.

The clouds apparently looked a little iffy, so the concert was held indoors, in the city auditorium. The atmosphere was less than it would’ve been on the street on a summer night, but at least inside, I could better focus on just the music – and it was terrific.

That Annie Wilson, she can write some songs. If you want to know the Flint Hills and what it’s like to live here, then she’s your girl.

“The Moon Will Take Me Home” is Annie’s song about being homesick for the Flint Hills. “Clean Curve of Hill Against Sky” is another of her incredible songs. The title for that one was taken from a piece of writing by Zula Bennington Greene (aka/Peggy of the Flint Hills.)

Hopefully, they’ll record another CD soon and include these songs.


Charlie Laughridge, Loren Ratzloff and Annie Wilson.

Also, since we’re talking music and Cottonwood Falls here, the Emma Chase Cafe and the community’s weekly music events have been nominated as one of 24 Customs of Kansas, a contest sponsored by the Kansas Sampler Foundation. Read about the music tradition in Cottonwood Falls.

And you can vote for 8 of the 24 Kansas customs here.


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  1. heineken160
    September 12th, 2009 at 23:47 | #1

    Cheryl, I’m glad you are getting out a little. I already see a column in you on this music by Annie.

    Without malice, I must say that the broken bone was a good but unfortunate happening. It will sharpen and inform the “I-hate-winter/shut-in/layer-the-clothing” columns in your already great writing style.

    Cannot wait to read about this outing. Thanks, Dave.

  2. heineken160
    September 13th, 2009 at 09:00 | #2

    Maybe that wasn’t funny and smacks of cruel. I take the above back.

  3. September 13th, 2009 at 09:31 | #3

    This is a beautiful photo of the court house. I haven’t seen a night time one like that one.

  4. September 13th, 2009 at 09:32 | #4

    I’ve missed seeing you on Saturdays at the Market! We need to make plans soon.

  5. September 14th, 2009 at 16:01 | #5

    Cheryl, just found you today thanks to a friend that sent me a link. I am a Cottonwood Falls native so I enjoyed this piece as well as the later piece on lunch at Emma Chase. The town has changed since I lived there. It used to be a bustling little town that provided necessities to the locals but now it’s more of a touristy town with many city folk serving as part-time residents. Glad they attract the tourists but it’s sad that the local businesses struggle to survive.