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
9:13 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Summer, Sluggo!, and strange feelings all this week

2013 reissue of Mike Keneally's 1997 album Sluggo!
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Tuesday, June 17: Lazaretto is the second solo album from former White Stripes leader Jack White. The lyrics are inspired by poems, short stories, and plays that White wrote during an aborted college career at Wayne State University in Michigan. White expands upon his signature rough-edged sound and emerges with one of the best recordings of his career. We’ll also hear music from House of Spirits, the latest album from The Fresh and Onlys.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

A Musical Life: Jonathan Eaton

Jonathan Eaton
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Jonathan Eaton has recorded and performed with a wide variety of Wichita bands over the last 20-plus years including ULU, Local Band, The Mess, Tom Page Trio, Order 66 and, perhaps most notably, Softie. He also once performed a show as a member of Split Lip Rayfield with his brother Jeff, a founding member of that group. Eaton lives in Wichita with his wife and children and thanks his family for their continued support.

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Music
5:00 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Trent Wagler Says Steel Wheels’ Success Comes Down To Balance of Failure, Time

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Founding member Trent Wagler’s band The Steel Wheels is now a widely recognized name in Americana music circles. The band tours year-round and has even launched its own music festival. But all of that has come after nearly a decade of toil and struggle and figuring out ways to be in the right place at the right time.

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Music
8:38 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Strange Currency celebrates birthdays of Purdie, Corea and shines light on obscure Pink Floyd

Atom Heart Mother, 1970, is the fifth studio album by Pink Floyd
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Tuesday, June 10: I’m Alive is the 1993 release from singer-songwriter Jackson Browne. After spending much of the 1980s focusing his efforts on socially conscious songs via albums such as Lives In The Balance and World In Motion, I’m Alive saw Browne return to matters of the heart on songs such as “Sky Blue and Black” and “My Problem Is You.” This resulted in one of Browne’s best-received recordings in a decade. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as from June featured artist Bob Mould’s new release Beauty and Ruin.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon June 9, 2014

At Play: Sharks, Jets, And A Dip In The Pond

Music Theatre of Wichita presents the Jerome Robbins classic West Side Story June 25-29. First produced on Broadway in 1957 the musical is a contemporary version of Romeo and Juliet and is one of lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s best-loved works. Featuring a score from Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story boasts several staples of American music including “Maria,” “America” and “I Feel Pretty,” among others. This is one of the most important pieces of American music theatre and is familiar to some from its 1961 film adaptation starring Natalie Wood and Rita Moreno.

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Music
5:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

The Haunted Windchimes Have Unspoken Bond

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Pueblo Colorado’s The Haunted Windchimes is a band that defies easy classification. Co-founder Inaiah Lujan says that it’s the group’s ability to shift between styles that he likes best.

“We do bluegrass festivals," he says "We play cowboy poetry festivals, we go and do these indie rock ‘n’ roll gigs. We’ve done a good job of dabbling here and there with every sort of scene. Perhaps by some magic our music seems to be fitting for any kind of situation. We’re kind of chameleon in that sense.”

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Music
5:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

The Calamity Cubes Hold Strong To Beliefs

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Brook Blanche, Kody Oh, and Joey Henry spend much of their lives on the road as The Calamity Cubes. But on Thursday night the band members will each play solo acoustic sets as part of an evening billed as The Attack of the Acoustic Agitators, featuring Split Lip Rayfield’s Wayne Gottstine, the band Filthy Still and others.

For Blanche, Oh, and Henry, the show is more than a just another show. And songs, in this setting are more than songs.

“It’s a celebration of storytelling in the fact that it’s a whole bunch of songwriters all night,” Henry says.

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Music
5:00 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Kelley Hunt Offers Best Album To Date With Beautiful Bones

Kelley Hunt’s Beautiful Bones is out now.
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Emporia native Kelley Hunt has just issued a new CD titled Beautiful Bones. The album offers plenty of the familiar for Hunt’s longtime fans—there’s gospel, blues, & R&B—but, she says, style isn’t her main consideration when choosing material for a new album.

“I think what I gravitated to at a young age and I find myself doing it still is anything that moves me on a visceral level," she says.

“Release and Be Free” may very well Hunt’s best performance on the album. She says that co-producer Al Berman encouraged her to outdo herself on the track.

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Commentary
5:48 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

A Musical Life: Matt Jansen

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Matt Jansen is a Wichita-based drummer who has performed and recorded with a variety of bands including 10 Sugar Charlie and, most recently, Paper Street. He is also a sound engineer and manager at Midwest Drums & Percussion.

“My name is Matt Jansen and I’ve made money from music in a variety of ways. I’ve played the drums. I’ve gotten paid for selling musical instruments, for running sound, for recording music. Playing music? That’s probably the most satisfying but the least lucrative.

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Music
5:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Indigo Girls Still Offering Surprises After Three Decades

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If you’re thinking about attending an Indigo Girls concert or have in the past, you know that you should always expect the unexpected. The band wants to make sure that fans never see the same show twice.

“We’ll throw new songs in. I’ll be working on something and throw it in or we’ll do something with the opening band. We try to keep it fresh by just having a musical experience.”

Band co-founder Amy Ray says there are certain songs that fans have to hear and that the band has to play but those, she adds, are never a chore.

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