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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In 1996, Shawn Colvin released the album A Few Small Repairs. It was her fourth effort for the Columbia imprint, and it reunited her with longtime co-writer and producer John Leventhal.

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Loudon Wainwright III’s new memoir, Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My Other Favorite Things, is out now. Wainwright, an acclaimed singer-songwriter and actor, discusses his family life in this new work, including his relationship with his father, the late Life editor Loudon Wainwright II. His own children, Rufus and Martha (from his marriage to the late Canadian singer Kate McGarrigle) and Lucy Wainwright Roche (from a relationship with Suzzy Roche), are acclaimed musicians in their own right.

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Friday, October 20

Derelicts is the first album in six years from Swedish duo Carbon Based Lifeforms. We’ll hear selections from this release as well as music from Robert Plant’s 2005 effort Might ReArranger.

Saturday, October 21

Masseduction is the latest release from Tulsa-born musician Annie Clark, who performs under the name St. Vincent. We’ll hear music from this recording plus selections from Lotta Sea Lice, the new collaborative effort from Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile.

Monday, October 23

Released in 1993, Fate of Nations would be Robert Plant’s final solo album for nearly a decade. The record featured a cover of Tim Hardin’s “If I Were In A Carpenter” as well as the hits “29 Palms” and “I Believe,” a song he wrote for his son Karac, who died in 1977 at the age of five. We’ll hear selections from this album as well as from Led Zeppelin’s final official studio release, 1979’s In Through The Out Door.

Tuesday, October 24

Listen for music from Deerhoof’s latest, Mountain Moves. We’ll hear selections from that recording as well as Everything All At Once from Birds.

Wednesday, October 25

Personal Boy is the latest EP from Har Mar Superstar, the name under which soul/R&B-influenced musician Sean Tillman performs. We’ll hear selections from that recording as well as selections from Space4Lease’s latest.

Thursday, October 26

Colors is the long-awaited thirteenth release from Beck. Listen for music from the album as well as selections from the latest by singer-songwriter Jeffrey Martin, One Go Around.

Friday, October 27

Released in 1978, Cats Under the Stars is the one and only studio album credited to the Jerry Garcia Band. Joining him on the effort his bandmates from the Grateful Dead, Keith and Donna Godchaux, plus his longtime rhythm section of Ron Tutt and John Kahn. We’ll hear songs from Cats Under the Stars on this episode plus music from PJ Harvey’s 1992 release Dry.

Saturday, October 28

Dreamland is Robert Plant’s 2002 covers collection featuring songs written by Bob Dylan, Tim Buckley and others. We’ll hear music from that recording plus music from Joan Osborne’s recent Songs of Bob Dylan album.

Monday, October 30

Listen for selections from Robert Plant’s 1982 solo debut, Pictures At Eleven as well as Kirk Ross’ Cartwheel.

Tuesday, October 31

It’s our annual Halloween celebration with music from Roky Erickson, Ghost, John Carpenter and The Cramps. 

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Dale Ray Shuey began playing guitar at age 12 and has relentlessly pursued the instrument for 20 years. Shuey has studied classical, jazz, metal, blues, rock and country guitar in addition to teaching youth and adult guitar lessons for eight years. He joined Mountain Deer Revival in November 2012. Shuey's goal as a musician is to write the best music his hands and brain can produce and spread positivity through raw musical expression.

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Thursday, October 12

Carry Fire is the latest album from Robert Plant. The record finds the former Led Zeppelin vocalist in typically adventurous form. We’ll hear selections from this release as well as the new single by Wichita’s The Its, featuring Kendall Newby of Moreland & Arbuckle as well as his a few of his former bandmates from the band Black Gasoline.

Friday, October 13

We’ll mark Friday The 13th with selections from The Cure, Jeff Beck Group and others.

Saturday, October 14

One Go Around is the latest release by Portland, Oregon-based singer-songwriter Jeffrey Martin. We’ll hear music him plus selections from Neil Young’s 2017 archival release, Hitchhiker.

Monday, October 16

Sky Trails is the new jazz-inflected release from music legend David Crosby. The recording may surprise fans of his work as a member of Crosby, Stills & Nash with its contemporary sensibilities but it’s consistent with the sense of adventure Crosby has held onto in his 50-plus years as a recording artist. Listen for music from this release plus songs from the vocalist’s time as a member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

Tuesday, October 17

Chris Hillman’s work with The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers and Manassas is well-known. Now in his 70s, the veteran musician has returned with the Tom Petty-produced Bidin’ My Time. We’ll hear selections from Hillman’s latest plus from Petty’s mid-90s effort Wildflowers.

Wednesday, October 18

Released in 1988, Now and Zen was Robert Plant’s fourth solo release and most commercially successful record since leaving Led Zeppelin. The album featured hits such as “Ship of Fools” as well as “Tall Cool One” and “Heaven Knows” (both of which featured his Led Zeppelin cohort, Jimmy Page). Listen for music from that album as well as music from Page’s Outrider, issued the same year.

Thursday, October 19

We’ll hear music from Procol Harum’s 1968 effort Shine on Brightly plus Steve Windwood’s 1980 effort, Arc of A Diver.

“I’m not just OK,” says Kim Rancourt, raconteur, archivist, tour guide, songwriter, etc. and so forth. “I’m A-OK.” He’s speaking from Brooklyn, a place he’s called home long enough to be a native, though he’s a Michigander by birth and raising. He emerged from Royal Oak, a small-ish Detroit suburb that reached its peak population in the 1960s and ‘70s. Today, it boasts less than 60,000, though Rancourt would find escape in a less populated region, travelling to the state’s sparsely populated Upper Peninsula to attend Northern Michigan University.

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Gov’t Mule released its latest album, Revolution Come…Revolution Go earlier in 2017 to critical acclaim and enthusiastic fan reactions. The record finds the veteran act reinvigorated with guitarist/vocalist Warren Haynes singing with greater clarity and confidence than ever before. The rhythm section of Matt Abts (drums) and Jorgen Carlsson (bass) has solidified nicely in its nearly decade-long run with longtime keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Danny Louis further establishing his role as an invaluable element of the band.

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Howard Levy, Eugene Friesen and Glen Velez have been performing in the genre-smashing group Trio Globo since the early 1990s. Don’t let the name fool you. This isn’t world music. Or, rather, it’s not just world music. It’s the kind of music you’d expect if you didn’t have expectations about what would happen when three singular talents gather in a room and challenge each other to play at the edge of their talents.

A Musical Life: Uche

Sep 29, 2017

Uche is a Wichita-based musician who performs as a solo artist and as Uche and The Crash.

“My parents left Nigeria for England in the ‘60s. So, myself and one of my brothers, was born in Leicester, England, which is in the Midlands: Birmingham, Manchester, up there. So, in 1970, we moved here to the States, to Jefferson City, Missouri.

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John Prine remains a singular voice in American music. It’s fitting that his biography fits with the mythology of the nation as well. He grew up in Chicago in the post-World War II era, joined the Army and came home, taking a job as postman. He delivered mail by day and, in his telling, often wrote songs in his head, trying them out on his guitar when he returned home. Along with writers such as Steve Goodman, Bonnie Koloc and others, he became a central figure of the Chicago folk revival.