Jedd Beaudoin

Host/Producer

Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster who has been with KMUW since 2007. He is the host and producer of Strange Currency, a two-hour music show, which airs Monday-Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. He is also the producer of the bi-weekly trends commentary “Into It,” as well as “Musical Space” and he produces and writes KMUW’s bi-weekly theatre roundup “At Play.” He received his MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University in 2001 (where he was a Creative Writing Fellow) and holds a B.A. in English (with an emphasis in writing) from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Beaudoin hosts Wichita Sessions on KPTS Channel 8. The show, which features local and regional music acts in performance, is now in its third season. Since 1999 he has worked as a freelance journalist. He served as music critic and editor for two Wichita alternative newspapers, F5 (2003-06) and Wichita City Paper (of which he was also managing editor, 2006-07). He currently contributes music, film, and book reviews to PopMatters.com, where he also pens (alternating with two other writers) commentary on country music for the site’s “Kickin’ Up Dust” column.

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Music
5:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Tommy Emmanuel Places Audience First

Tommy Emmanuel performs on Thursday, July 17 at the Orpheum Theatre.
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Tommy Emmanuel is known not only for his mastery of the acoustic guitar but also for his showmanship. Guitar aficionados will get their fix of cool runs and hot licks at one of his shows but he also connects with non-musicians in the audience in a rare fashion. This is a skill that was passed down to him he says from his early musical mentor Chet Atkins.

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Music
3:39 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

New Works From Morrissey, John Hiatt, Plus Johnny Cash’s Most Controversial Album Featured This Week

Morrissey's 10th studio album World Peace Is None of Your Business"
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Wednesday, July 16: We’ll hear from Jackson Browne’s 1973 album For Everyman, a record featuring appearances from Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Joni Mitchell and David Crosby. It also marks the first collaboration between Browne and multi-instrumentalist David Lindley. The two have collaborated off and on since 1973, including on the live album Love Is Strange, which we’ll also hear from.

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Music
5:00 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Cheers Elephant Remembers The Past, Looks to The Future

Cheers Elephant performs at Rock Island Live on Monday, July 14.
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Formed in Philadelphia in 2007 Cheers Elephant quickly established itself as a band with an ear open to the past. As guitarist and vocalist Jordan del Rosario recalls, he and his three bandmates found common ground in music made before any of them were born, including The Beatles.

“We really liked that British sound" he says. "But even more so than The Beatles, The Kinks and the Rolling Stones. The psychedelic era of all those bands really sparked the way.”

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Commentary
12:42 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

A Musical Life: Noah Hamilton

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Noah Hamilton has just released the record Liberation under the name Oceanarms.

My name is Noah Hamilton. I am in a solo one-man band called Oceanarms and an acoustic group called The Living Tree.

About two years ago I decided that I wanted to pace out an album that I wanted to release. I started up a SoundCloud account and I trickled—about every month—some songs out. Then it hit me, kind of all at once, that the album was done. I had about 17 or so songs that were complete.

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Music
9:16 am
Tue July 8, 2014

New archival release from CSNY, plus a Bastille Day celebration and Be-Bop Deluxe on tap this week

CSNY 1974 is the new archival release from Crosby, Still, Nash and Young
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Tuesday, July 8: Listen for selections from John Hiatt’s 2000 album Crossing Muddy Waters. Hiatt focused on acoustic instruments on this recording, emerging with an album that was raw and emotionally charged, featuring songs about struggles with grief, family, and filled with his usual blend of humor and careful observation. The record was nominated for a 2001 Grammy for Best Folk Album and remains a favorite among Hiatt fans. We’ll also hear selections from 1861, the 2008 release from Kansas trio Moreland & Arbuckle.

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Music
5:00 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Pianist Fred Hersch Continues To Challenge Himself, Audience

The Fred Hersch Trio performs at Chamber Music at the Barn on July 9, 10 and 11.
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Since the start of his recording career more than 30 years ago pianist Fred Hersch has earned a reputation as one of the most exciting voices on the instrument, a performer who frequently straddles the line between jazz and classical with uncommon ease. It might also help that Hersch’s chosen instrument has an impressive body of work that has followed it through the centuries.

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Music
9:36 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Celebrating Canada Day, The Life of Bobby Womack, And Family Ties

Celebrate Canada Day with Strange Currency

Tuesday, July 1: We celebrate Canada Day with a sampling of acts from the Great White North, including The Tragically Hip, Crash Test Dummies, Bruce Cockburn and the band Max Webster.

Wednesday, July 2: We celebrate the life and music of soul legend Bobby Womack, with samples of his work from his early days in the gospel-infused act The Womack Brothers to his final solo album, The Bravest Man In The Universe, which was co-produced by Damon Albarn of the Britpop band Blur. Womack died on June 27 of still undisclosed causes. He was 70.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

A Musical Life: Maria Elena

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Maria Elena has performed in a wide range of musical settings from the punk rock music of The Horror! to her current folk/jazz-driven duo El Cuco to The Great Plains.

“My name is Maria Elena. I play the guitar. I’m a singer-songwriter even though I don’t really love that term. But there’s really no better way to explain it for people to understand it.

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Music
5:00 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Everette DeVan Connects With Material On New Album

Everette DeVan performs at Cabaret Old Town on Saturday, June 28 with vocalist Lisa Henry.
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Everette DeVan releases his new album For The Love of You this weekend with two area shows—one in his home base of Kansas City and another here in Wichita. The record marks the first recording on the new Wichita-based label Henry Records. DeVan says that it was label founder Tim Henry who approached him about making the album.

“He said, ‘I’d like to do a CD.’ He said, ‘All I want you to do is go in there and play the organ the way that I know you know how to play it. And I don’t want any singin’ on it.’ I just gave him what he asked for,” DeVan says.

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Music
5:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Graham Colton Finds Comfort With New Start And New Album

Graham Colton performs at The Orpheum Theatre on Thursday evening as part of the Emerging Artist Series
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When Graham Colton began writing songs for the follow-up to his 2011 album Pacific Coast Eyes he soon realized that he wasn’t happy with his creative process.

“I just picked up the guitar and started to do what I always do and it wasn’t very exciting to me. It felt like I was playing the guitar the same old way and singing in the same spots and the same things were kind of happening and it just didn’t inspire me.”

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