Jedd Beaudoin


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 “A Musical Life,” as well as “Musical Space.” 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, 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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Tuesday, June 19

We remember Matt “Guitar” Murphy, who died on Friday, June 15. Although perhaps most widely known for his work with The Blues Brothers, Murphy also performed alongside Muddy Waters, Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon among others. Plus: Selections featuring Murphy’s Blues Brothers bandmate, Steve Cropper.

Wednesday, June 20 

Released in 1993, Rumble Doll is the debut album from Patti Scialfa and features performances from members of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers as well as members of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. Springsteen, who Scialfa married in 1991, also appears. We’ll hear selections from that recording as well as Slim Dunlap’s 1993 solo debut, The Old New Me.

Thursday, June 21

We celebrate the first day of summer with selections from The Jam, X, BB King and The Alarm.

Friday, June 22

Arthur Buck is the new collaboration between singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur and former REM guitarist Peter Buck. We’ll hear music from the duo’s debut album as well as selections from REM’s Life’s Rich Pagaent LP.

Saturday, June 23

Hollow Bones is the latest release by singer-songwriter Maria Elena. We’ll hear selections from that as well as from Shane Marler’s latest, One Stop.

Monday, June 25

Up To The Sky is the new recording from cellist Serena Jost. Listen for music from that release as well as from Zoe Keating’s 2010 effort, Into The Trees.

Anson Brody

Based in Fort Worth, Texas singer-songwriter Tommy Luke’s songs recall the dusty, well-worn sounds of western music. His earthy voice drives the narrative of songs such as “The Ground,” “I Don’t Know (I Had It All)” and “Oklahoma Hula Hoopin’ Angel” with a confidence and honesty that recalls Kris Kristofferson’s best, early work.

You might be forgiven for thinking that his work emerged from an earlier time in music. It’s unencumbered by the trappings of contemporary music and free of the irony that some bring to traditional music. This is to say that there’s an undeniable appeal to the songs that populate his album Life Ain’t Hard and his live shows.

Speaking from his Texas home, Luke, who performs at Barleycorn’s on Thursday, June 14, says that he’s looking forward to returning to Wichita for the concert.

Florence Montmare

Serena Jost’s Up To The Sky finds the New York City-based cellist working in a new environment and without a band. Having completed two LPs with a full group, this time she set up shop in St. Peter’s Church, not far from her home. The result is a collection of composed and improvised pieces that marry her distinctive playing style with her otherworldly voice.

The recording appeals to fans of experimental popular music and those more comfortable in the classical realm. The material carries listeners through a variety of moods and settings that capture Jost at her most unadorned.

The classically-trained musician says that she may undertake more projects of this kind in the future and that the fast pace of the sessions and the room itself made for a memorable experience.

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Tuesday, June 12

Swallowed By The New is the 2016 album from Toad The Wet Sprocket frontman Glen Phillips. The record was inspired by the end of Phillips’ 20-plus-year marriage and its aftermath. He recently released a deluxe edition of the album and we’ll hear selections from it on this episode of the show plus music from The Cure’s 1980 LP Seventeen Seconds.

Wednesday, June 13

Byron Isaacs has shared the stage with The Lumineers, Willie Nelson, Levon Helm and a variety of other artists. Despite that, he’s never released a solo album. That changes with Disappearing Man, a meditation on vanishing ways of life and the changing landscape of New York City. We’ll hear music from that release as well as from Brian Belknap’s In Lieu of Flowers.

Thursday, June 14

After touring the United States with his band Soft Machine in the late 1960s, Kevin Ayers considered leaving the music industry behind. His friend Jimi Hendrix had different ideas and gifted his fellow musician with an acoustic guitar. That guitar inspired Ayers to write his first solo effort, Joy of a Toy which features guest appearances from Soft Machine’s Robert Wyatt and Hugh Hopper and, on the 2003 reissue, Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett. Listen for selections from Joy of a Toy as well as Bridget St. John’s Ask Me No Questions.

Friday, June 15

What A Wonderful Industry is the latest from singer-songwriter M. Ward (She & Him). We’ll hear music from that release as well as from Nik Freitas’ Day & Dark.

Saturday, June 16

Issued in 1988 Naked became the final album from Talking Heads. We’ll hear material from that record as well as selections from the latest by Chris Stills, Don’t Be Afraid.

Monday, June 18

We celebrate Paul McCartney’s 76th birthday with selections from throughout his solo work, his time with Wings and, of course, The Beatles. Plus a variety of collaborations and side projects.

Juri Hiensch Webres

Jherek Bischoff emerged in the music world as a member of indie rock outfits such as Parenthetical Girls, Xiu Xiu and Degenerate Art Ensemble. Since then he has performed with David Byrne, Amanda Palmer, Bang On A Can and a number of other artists and collectives. Additionally, he's established himself as a formidable force in the world of orchestral music.

Libby Wiseman

Matthew Wiseman is a Wichita musician who has played with Ricky Fitts, You’ll Be A Torso, Polar Opposite Bear, Powerlifter, Money Badger, Divorce Corpse and, now, Milkwave.

“The way I always describe it is a box. You put yourself in a box or you let people put you in a box. People only know me as a guitar player and they’re, like, ‘Oh, you are this guy.’ But, when I was 19 and I only Ibanez Talmans through a big solid state half stack and I only played as loud as I can is not the same musician I am today.

Ron Harris

From 1983 until 1986 The Revolution accompanied Prince on three ground-breaking albums, starting with the multiplatinum Purple Rain (1984) and ending with 1986's Parade, a record that served as the soundtrack to the film Under The Cherry Moon.

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DJ Carbon and Wichita musician Kyle Solomon open for Morris Day and The Time and The Revolution Saturday night at Riverfest. They are joined by guitarist Willy Simms and drummer Justin Crump.

Jedd Beaudoin: Have the two of you collaborated in the past or is this the first time?


Trampled By Turtles began releasing music from its original home base of Duluth, Minnesota in 2004. By 2008 the sextet had its first Top Ten album via Duluth and followed that with two consecutive Number One LPs in 2010 and 2012. By 2016 the band members decided to take a break from the road. After a decade of releasing nearly an album a year and touring nonstop, it was simply time.

Elly Hazlerig

Musician Aaron James moved to Memphis several years ago and soon found himself playing in a variety of acts there. Before long, he started writing his own songs and filling a niche he says wasn't represented in the Memphis music scene.

He performs at The Donut Whole on Friday, June 1.

Jedd Beaudoin: I'm curious about when you started writing music. Was this something that came fairly early on, or was it something where you'd been in a band or two and picked it up from there?