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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Saturday, August 1

Mostly an American phenomenon, Phish spent the mid-1990s attempting to break into the European market. In 1997 the group played a series of shows in Amsterdam which found the quartet reaching for new musical heights. The shows are part of a new eight-CD boxed set simply titled Amsterdam. We’ll hear selections from that recording as well as from Joe Satriani’s 1989 release Flying In A Blue Dream.

Monday, August 3

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This piece originally aired July 24 during Morning Edition.

Robert Earl Keen is considered one of the best songwriters of his generation. He’s from a class of writers that includes his good friend Lyle Lovett and acclaimed vocalist Nanci Griffith. He’s known for smart, literate songs and powerful live performances as well as the wry sense of humor common to songwriters from the Lone Star State. What he isn’t known for is bluegrass music. At least until now.

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Only July 24, 1983, the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals played what has become known as the pine tar game. Playing at Yankee Stadium, the Royals were behind when George Brett hit a two-run home run. Or thought he did.

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Jordan Dee Minnis is a Wichita based singer-songwriter and Wichita State University student. You can hear her perform at a variety of Wichita venues.

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Graham Nash’s current tour finds him playing intimate rooms across the country, digging deep into his rich back catalogue for hits that he’s recorded with Crosby, Stills, Nash and sometimes Young, as well as The Hollies. But the 73-year-old Nash is as restless and eager to move forward as ever and is today in one of the most prolific periods of his career.

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Friday, July 24

Something More Than Free is the brand-new release from Jason Isbell and the follow-up to his acclaimed 2013 album Southeastern. Continuing in the acoustic-driven tradition of that album, Something More Than Free features songs about working people and those living at the fringes of what remains of the American dream. We’ll also hear selections from High On Tulsa Heat, the recent LP from singer-songwriter John Moreland.

Saturday, July 25

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Some years ago Rob Kapilow finished graduate school, walked into a teaching gig at Yale, and started conducting the university’s symphony orchestra. At 23 he considered himself rich beyond his imagination--until a few years later when he traveled to Broadway to conduct in musical theatre. As a click bait headline might read, he couldn’t believe what happened next.

Many Americans are fully aware of the rich history of the Oregon Trail. A new book attempts to shed light on some of the more obscure parts of the trail’s history and to illustrate the struggles that the pioneers on that expansive road encountered on their difficult journeys.

Carrie Rengers

Joe Stumpe is a Wichita-based singer-songwriter who has recently released the CD Jump The Track under his own name. He is also a member of the band Fly By Night and a journalist with more than 30 years of experience.

“I studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and have been a working journalist since 1983 in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and here.

Justin Camerer

There is a breed of musician who seeks out new music constantly and attempts to combine old musical elements in new ways. KMUW's Jedd Beaudoin recently spoke with one member of that breed and has more.