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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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?

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Friday, June 1

It’s our New Month, New Music feature with selections from Low Cut Connie, Courtney Barnett and more.

Saturday, June 2

Listen for selections from The Cure’s 1979 debut album Three Imaginary Boys as well as selections from Frankie Rose’s 2017 re-creation of the band’s LP Seventeen Seconds. Rose is known for her work with Dum Dum Girls, Crystal Stilts and others.

Monday, June 4

We celebrate the birthday of Cure guitarist Reeves Gabrels with selections from his work with Tin Machine, David Bowie, Public Enemy and as a solo artist. Plus: Music from Allan Holdsworth, John Scofield and Gov’t Mule.

Tuesday, June 5

Long fascinated with world music, David Byrne issued the Latin-centric LP Rei Momo in 1989. The record featured guest appearances from Kirsty MacColl, Celia Cruz and others. We’ll hear music from that recording on this episode plus selections from The Cure’s 1987 effort Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me.

Wednesday, June 6

We celebrate the birthday of musician Tony Levin who has recorded with Peter Gabriel, John Lennon, Paul Simon, David Bowie, Paula Cole and countless others. We’ll hear from Levin in those settings as well as with King Crimson, Stick Men and many others.

Thursday, June 7

We mark the 60th anniversary of Prince’s birth with material from throughout his recorded output plus a variety of covers and selections from the musicians who inspired him, including Sly & The Family Stone, Miles Davis and Santana.

Friday, June 8

Released in 1994, David Byrne’s self-titled album was a dark and often humorous affair, concerned with life in the wake of AIDS, the legacy of the New York art scene which he’d come up in as a member of Talking Heads, and the joys and pitfalls of marriage. We’ll hear selections from this recording plus material from Byrne’s 1980 collaboration with Brian Eno, My Life In The Bush of Ghosts.

Saturday, June 9

Listen for selections from Wish, the 1992 release by The Cure plus music from The Cavves’ Learn To Swim.

Monday, June 11

We’ll hear music from Paul McCartney’s 1986 effort Press To Play as well as David Bowie’s Never Let Me Down.

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Billy Bloomquist performs under the name William Bloom. His most recent recording is Keys With No Teeth.

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Wednesday, May 23

Sparkle Hard is the first album of new material from Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks since 2014. We’ll hear selections from the album on this episode of the show plus music from Ike Reilly’s latest, Crooked Love.

Thursday, May 24

We celebrate Bob Dylan’s birthday with selections from The Band, John Martyn, Steve Wynn, Gregg Allman and, of course, Dylan himself.

Friday, May 25

Released in 2003 as the soundtrack to a documentary of the same name, Bodysong by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood is being reissued for the first time on vinyl. We’ll hear music from that release plus material from Japanese Breakfast’s Soft Sounds From Another Planet.

Saturday, May 26

Tomorrow’s Daughter is the latest release from Matthew Sweet, we’ll hear music from it on this episode plus selections from If I Were A Carpenter, the 1994 tribute to The Carpenters featuring selections from Buffalo Tom, The Cranberries, Babes In Toyland and others.

Monday, May 28

Life Is Good On The Open Road is the latest release from Trampled By Turtles. Listen for selections from it as well as music from Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.

Tuesday, May 29

 Musician Wesley Stace has long performed under the name John Wesley Harding and does so on his new disc, Greatest Other People’s Hits, which finds him covering Roky Erickson, Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed and more.

Wednesday, May 30

Leeds is the new project from Spacehog’s Royston Langdon. We’ll hear selections from the Leeds LP, Everything’s Dandy plus music from Spacehog’s 1995 effort Resident Alien.

Thursday, May 31

Released in 1992, Grave Dancers Union became Soul Asylum’s breakthrough album, selling more than three million copies and spawning the single “Runaway Train.” For many fans, it marked a sea change in the band’s career and style. We’ll hear music from that release on this episode plus music from Sister Sweetly, the 1993 album from Big Head Todd & The Monsters.

KMUW Music is teaming up to celebrate the birthday of Bob Dylan on Thursday, May 24. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for five hours of Dylan and Dylan-inspired music.

KMUW Music is celebrating Taj Mahal's birthday on Thursday, May 17. Tune in to Global Village and Strange Currency from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. for three hours of music. 

KMUW Music is celebrating the birthday of Sun Ra on Tuesday, May 22.  Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for five hours of music.

Global Village marks the occasion with some pieces the (other) world musician did that were influenced by styles from other parts of the planet.

The feature continues on Strange Currency with selections from NRBQ, Yo La Tengo and others.

Night Train closes out the feature from 10:00 p.m. to midnight.

Tuesday, 15

We remember avant-garde composer and musician Glenn Branca, who died Monday at the age of 69. Branca’s work was highly influential on acts such as Sonic Youth, Helmet and countless others. We’ll hear music from his as well as several of his protégés. 

Wednesday, May 16

We celebrate the birthday of King Crimson founder Robert Fripp with music from his work with that band as well as with Blondie, Daryl Hall, and David Sylvian. 

Thursday, May 17

We celebrate the birthday of Taj Mahal, including music from his collaboration with Keb' Mo', TajMo. Plus selections from Jesse Ed Davis, Prince and others. 

Friday, May 18

Only In The Dark is the new release singer-songwriter Jesse Ainslie, known for his work with Phosphorescent. We’ll hear music from that recording plus selections from Late For The Sky, Jackson Browne’s 1974 LP.

Saturday, May 19

Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino is the first album in six years from Arctic Monkeys. Listen for music from that release as well as new songs from Ament, the project of Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament.

Monday, May 21

We’ll hear selections from Prince’s classic album 1999 as well as music from Andre Cymone’s A.C.

Tuesday, May 22

We celebrate the birthday of Sun Ra with selections from NRBQ, Yo La Tengo and others.

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Kelley Hunt's last album, The Beautiful Bones, was released in 2014, but the veteran singer says the wait for new material is almost over, as she's hard at work on at least one new recording at the moment. Hunt will bring plenty of songs from her past and a few new ones with her when she performs at The Cotillion Ballroom Saturday night.

Aaron Rogers

Evan Ogborn is a multi-instrumentalist who performs with both Pretend Friend and Animal Parade. He recently completed a degree in bass performance/jazz studies at Wichita State University.