Jedd Beaudoin

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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 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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The World of Captain Beefheart unites vocalist Nona Hendryx and guitarist/producer Gary Lucas in one of the most imaginative pairings in recent memory. More than that, it serves as a tribute to Captain Beefheart, the late Don Van Vliet, the musician and painter who wore the Captain’s guys from the 1960s until the early 1980s when he retired from music. Though a figure central to the avant garde, Van Vliet, like his school friend Frank Zappa, had a deep love of R&B and soul music.

Cecilia Raheb is guitarist and vocalist with the Wichita-based band Crisis Casanova with Brenna Beeson.

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Wichita band Tideway released its full-length debut album in January 2017 and closes out the calendar by issuing a new EP with close friends Kill Vargas. Both bands are on the bill for a show at the Crown Uptown Saturday, Dec. 9 which also feature local act The Cavves and Salt Creek from Lincoln, Nebraska.

Tideway guitarist and vocalist Trent Gaddie (the band is rounded out by drummer Will Mercer and bassist/vocalist Scott Garver) stopped by the KMUW studios recently to chat about the new EP and Tideway’s history.

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The Dustbowl Revival has grown from a quiet folk outfit to a roaring jazz/funk/folk/roots machine that, as the cliché goes, defies easy categorization. The band performs at Barleycorn’s on Friday, Dec. 8. Founding member Zach Lupetin recently called the KMUW studios to discuss the band’s present and its past.

Jedd Beaudoin: When the band started, did you have a pretty clear vision or was it a matter of writing the songs and finding the voice of the music over time?

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Tommy Emmanuel’s name will forever be synonymous with acoustic guitar and high-stakes showmanship. The Australian-born musician is currently on the road with a series of Christmas-themed dates, including his Friday, Dec. 8, engagement at Wichita’s Orpheum Theatre. His introduction of holiday classics and seasonal originals is but the latest endeavor for the musician.

He’s also prepping a new album, Accomplice One, for release on Jan. 19. The record features him in duets with Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Rodney Crowell, Mark Knopfler and Ricky Skaggs, among others.

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Wednesday, December 13

Released in November, 1974 The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway was the final Genesis album to feature vocalist Peter Gabriel. The double concept album features such beloved songs as “Back in NYC,” “Counting out Time” and “Chamber of 32 Doors.” Listen for selections from this release as well as music from Spock’s Beard’s 2002 concept album, Snow, the final album from that band to feature founding member Neal Morse.

Thursday, December 14 

Club d’Elf has been described as a “Moroccan dosed psychedelic dub jazz collective.” We’ll hear selections from the group’s 2017 effort Live at Club Helsinki as well as music from Bill Nelson’s Dreamy Screens: Soundtracks from the Echo Observatory.

Friday, December 15

Listen for selections from the 1974 self-titled debut by progressive rock band Hatfield & North as well as material from The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.  

Saturday, December 16

Peter Banks was the original guitarist in progressive rock legends Yes. After leaving that group in the early 1970s, Banks was a member of Flash. In 1973 he released a solo effort titled Two Sides of Peter Banks featuring guest appearances from members of King Crimson, Genesis and others. We’ll hear music from that release as well as from Seconds Out the 1977 live effort from Genesis.

 Monday, December 18

Listen for music from The Rainmaker, the 2011 release from Swedish progressive band The Flower Kings plus selections from Whirlwind, the 2009 release from Transatlantic the progressive rock super group featuring Roine Stolt of The Flower Kings, Neal Morse (ex-Spock’s Beard) and Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater).

Tuesday, December 19

Listen for selections from Red, the 1974 album from King Crimson, featuring bassist/vocalist John Wetton, guitarist Robert Fripp and drummer Bill Bruford. We’ll also hear material from the 1978 self-titled debut by U.K., the progressive rock super group featuring both Bruford and Wetton as well as guitar legend Allan Holdsworth.

Wednesday, December 20

We celebrate the birthday of musician Mike Keneally with selections from his work as a solo artist, with the band The Mistakes and his time as a member of Frank Zappa’s 1988 band. 

On Friday, December 8 Strange Currency and Crossroads are teaming up to remember musician Gregg Allman on the 70th anniversary of his birthday.

Starting at 8:00 p.m., Strange Currency remembers Gregg Allman with music from his catalogue and selections that inspired him. Plus work from Paul Westerberg, Dean Ween and Jackson Browne.

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Monday, December 4

Listen for selections from Dutch progressive rock band Focus’s 1972 release Moving Waves (Focus II) plus music from King Crimson’s 1970 effort Lizard.

Tuesday, December 5

After establishing himself as a force in the world of thrash metal guitar, Alex Skolnick decided to study jazz in the late 1990s. The result? A 2002 collection titled Goodbye To Romance: Standards For A New Generation which received a four-and-a-half star (of five) review in the jazz bible Downbeat. The record features Skolnick’s takes on heavy metal classics from Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne, KISS and others. We’ll hear music from that release on this episode plus selections from Skolnick’s work with the fusion trio Attention Deficit Disorder with bassist Michael Manring and drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander (Primus).

Wednesday, December 6

Listen for selections from 2017 release by Team Tremolo and from The World Palestine’s Dik Dik Sounds.

Thursday, December 7

We celebrate the birthday of Tom Waits with music from The Replacements, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Norah Jones and others.

Friday, December 8

We remember musician Gregg Allman on the 70th anniversary of his birthday with music from his catalogue and selections that inspired him. Plus work from Paul Westerberg, Dean Ween and Jackson Browne.

Saturday, December 9

Listen for selections from the new self-titled release by The Dustbowl Revival and from the debut from Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations. 

Monday, December 11

After establishing himself as a force in the world of thrash metal guitar, Alex Skolnick decided to study jazz in the late 1990s. The result? A 2002 collection titled Goodbye To Romance: Standards For A New Generation which received a four-and-a-half star (of five) review in the jazz bible Downbeat. The record features Skolnick’s takes on heavy metal classics from Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne, KISS and others. We’ll hear music from that release on this episode plus selections from Skolnick’s work with the fusion trio Attention Deficit Disorder with bassist Michael Manring and drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander (Primus).

Tuesday, December 12

From Silence To Somewhere is the first release in six years from Norwegian progressive rock band Wobbler as well as music from the latest by Caligula’s Horse, In Contact. 

KMUW Music marks the birthday of pioneering film animator Walt Disney with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Tuesday, December 5 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for a variety of unusual renditions and iconic songs from Disney films.

Rhea Sewell is a Wichita music scene veteran who has played drums and/or sang with a variety of bands including 1/2 Mad Poet, 7/8 Quick and, more recently, False Flag. She also performs as a singer-songwriter.

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