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
2:37 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

A British rock classic turns 40, Jason Molina remembered

Eels' newest project featured Saturday
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Thursday, April 24: We’ll hear selections from The Delivery, the 2005 release from Solagget. Formed circa 2003 in Wichita, Kansas, the trio featured twin brothers Aaron and Sean Fanning on drums and bass, respectively, and guitar from David Lord. Recalling Pat Metheny’s classic collaboration with Bob Moses and Jaco Pastorius, 1976’s Bright Size Life plus contemporary acts such as Tortoise and The Sea and Cake, The Delivery is an independent classic. We’ll hear selections from that as well as the John Scofield Band’s 2003 release, Up All Night.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

A Musical Life: Tom James

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A native of Oklahoma City, Tom James has lived in Denver, Boston, and rural Kansas. “My musical roots grew from folk albums my older sister gave me when I was in high school, watered by the Walnut Valley Folk Festival, late night parties after shows at the Denver Folklore Center, and then the Market Street Forum in Wichita,” he says. James hosted the monthly Acoustic Jam at Grandma’s Farm for nearly a decade and has been attending the Artichoke Songwriters Circle since shortly after its inception more than a decade ago.

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Music
5:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

For Drive-By Truckers, English Oceans Is A Rebirth

The Drive-By Truckers will perform at the Orpheum Theatre on Friday, April 18 at 8pm.
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In 2011, after more than a decade of non-stop touring and several changes to its lineup, Drive-By Truckers was a band on the verge of collapse. Guitarist Mike Cooley was suffering a frightening case of writer’s block and everyone in the band was tired of the road and, to a degree, each other. Band co-founder Patterson Hood says there was only one thing the group could do.

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Music
7:11 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Veteran acts take the spotlight on Strange Currency this week

The highly anticipated Zappa album 'Roxy by Proxy' featured Saturday.
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Thursday, April 17:

Formed in 1981 Scotland’s Big Country’s biggest moment in the United States came with the 1983 album The Crossing, which featured the song “In A Big Country.” The band continued to have commercial success outside the United States after that release but The Crossing remains the group’s best-known work on these shores. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as music from Tin Can Trust, 2010 release by Los Lobos.

Friday, April 18:

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Music
5:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Ian Anderson’s Homo Erraticus Examines Migration, ‘Big Ideas’

Ian Anderson’s latest release, Homo Erraticus is out now.
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Homo Erraticus— Latin for “wandering man”—is the latest release from longtime Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson. Written early last year this new album examines British history from the deep past forward. The listener makes spectacular leaps through time and place across the hour-plus recording. The story is about the spectacular leaps that humankind has taken over the millennia.

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Commentary
9:52 am
Mon April 14, 2014

At Play: All’s Fair In Love And War (Paint)

Music
1:38 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Strange Currency celebrates Daltrey/Johnson collaboration and the city of Memphis

Featured Friday: Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltery's collaboration, Going Back Home
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Monday, April 7: Listen for selections from Waiting For Columbus, the 1978 live album by April featured artist Little Feat. The record featured many of the band’s classic songs from its first era (c.1971-79) but also featured the Tower of Power Horns. We’ll also hear selections from Phish’s 2010 performance of the album as well as selections from In My Soul, the new album by blues and soul artist Robert Cray.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

A Musical Life: Ant Avery

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Anything worth possessing is worth sacrificing, even fighting for, and your career is no exception to the rule. For the Wichita, Kansas native Antimosity, the nine years that he has been grinding to maximize his full potential as a hip hop recording artist has been well worth the wait. The charismatic wordsmith is well prepared for everything coming his way, because he worked hard to get here.

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Music
5:00 am
Thu April 3, 2014

The Tontons Offer A New But Timeless Sound

The Tontons will be at the Wichita Orpheum Theater on Thursday, April 3 at 8pm.
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Since its inception six years ago, the Houston, Texas band The Tontons has won major critical acclaim and slowly grown a loyal fanbase. The quartet issued its latest album, Make Out King and Other Stories of Love, earlier this year to positive reviews. Some critics have noted that the band doesn’t quite fit into any easy niche. In an era where comparisons to more established acts serves as a kind of shorthand for whether you might or might not like an act, The Tontons is a band that’s almost peerless in its approach to contemporary music.

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2:23 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Drive-By Truckers, Little Feat featured throughout April on Strange Currency

One of Strange Currency's April features, Drive-By Truckers

Monday, March 31: We’ll close out our March features on Beck and of Montreal and hear from our April featured acts Little Feat and Drive-By Truckers with a sampling from Little Feat’s 1973 release Dixie Chicken and Southern Rock Opera, the 2001 album from Drive-By Truckers. The record, true to its title, examines life in the south through the prism of legendary southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.

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