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 “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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Ghost Light is John McCutcheon's latest album, a record that covers a broad range of topics, from familial life ("She Just Dances") to the ghosts of our pasts ("Story of Abe"). There's also a run-through of current events ("The Machine") and an appreciation of the hidden faces (the title track). McCutcheon remains his engaging, warm self throughout, telling stories with the ease of one naturally gifted in the matter.

He performs at the Bartlett Arboretum on Saturday.

Julian Langston is a Wichita-based musician whose stylistic interests range from heavy metal to hip-hop and beyond.

“I’m originally a drummer. In the past six or seven years I’ve gotten into playing bass and guitar and doing vocals. Or, more so getting more comfortable displaying my vocals.

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Afro Jim celebrates the release of its EP Always Waiting at The Donut Whole on Saturday, March 30.

Jedd Beaudoin: Afro Jim is a trio. What are the challenges of working in that format?

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Detroit, Michigan band Against The Grain has spent the better part of the last decade building an audience.

The group's loud, melodic brand of rock has proven difficult to pigeonhole, which has been both an advantage and disadvantage at times.

With its latest album, "Cheated Death," Against The Grain hopes to finally capitalize on its hard work.

The band, including guitarist/vocalist Kyle Davis, performs at The Elbow Room on Thursday, March 29.

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Monday, April 2

Released in 1974, David Live spotlights David Bowie’s studio album from the same year, Diamond Dogs and features guitar work from longtime Bowie collaborator Earl Slick. We’ll hear music from this recording plus selections from Slick’s work with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Tuesday, April 3

We celebrate the birthday of musician Richard Thompson with selections from his time with Fairport Convention with a variety of other musical projects. Plus: We’ll hear covers of his songs from Los Lobos, Loudon Wainwright III, Bob Mould and others.

Wednesday, April 4

Canadian band Sloan has been making music since 1991 with little commercial success in the United States despite being an early and consistent favorite among critics. The band has just released the album 12, which celebrates the band’s history and its unique place as a veteran act which features all original members. Listen for selections from 12 on this episode plus music from Low Cut Connie’s Dirty Pictures, Pt.1.

Thursday, April 5

Plucked from Frank Zappa’s touring band by David Bowie in the late 1970s, guitarist Adrian Belew collaborated with the British musician on two releases from the era, the live Stage release as well as the studio creation Lodger. We’ll hear music from both those releases on this episode of Strange Currency plus music from across Belew’s career.

Friday, April 6

It’s our New Month, New Music feature with selections from The Sword, Trampled By Turtles and more.

Saturday, April 7

Listen for music from rock2 the latest by The Dean Ween Group. We’ll also hear selections from the band Ween’s 2003 release Quebec.

Monday, April 9

Released in 1993, Black Tie White Noise was David Bowie’s first solo album in six years. The record temporarily reunited him with guitarist Mick Ronson (on one track) and features appearances from frequent collaborators such as Nile Rodgers, Mike Garson and Reeves Gabrels. We’ll hear music from this album plus selections from Ronson’s 1974 disc Play Don’t Worry.

Tuesday, April 10

Released in 1983, Let’s Dance would become David Bowie’s biggest selling album and spawn three hit singles. The album is also notable for featuring the playing of guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. Bowie had met the Texas guitarist a year earlier and invited him to participate on the album. Though there were plans for the two to work extensively together throughout 1983, those plans never materialized. We’ll hear selections from Let’s Dance on this episode plus music from Vaughan’s 1983 debut with his own band, Double Trouble, Texas Flood.

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Crisis Casanova celebrates the release of its new EP, The Fool Friday, March 23, at Kirby's Beer Store. Here, the band, which consists of guitarist/vocalist and primary songwriter Cecilia Raheb, Brenna Beeson (trumpet, keyboards, vocals) and Josué Estrada (trumpet, drums), recently stopped by the KMUW studios to discuss some band history and its current status.

Jedd Beaudoin: Cecilia, this started with you writing songs. When did Brenna come into the picture?

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Zack Smith and Caitlin Doyle-Smith first met in California. He was just leaving for Nashville to start a musical career. But some long phone conversations and continuous text messages kept the two in contact and soon she'd traded one driver's license for another. The couple began playing shows, married and went on the road with the Dixie Chicks.

They recorded two albums, including 2016's Sweet Tennessee Honey — which features a guest turn from Chicks' vocalist Natalie Maines, as well as Sarah Jarosz and Jano Rix (The Wood Brothers) — and are working on a third.

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Wednesday, March 21

We’ll hear music from the Jimmie Vaughan Trio’s latest release, Live at C-Boy’s plus selections from the Edgar Winter Group’s 1972 LP They Only Come Out At Night.

Thursday, March 22

How To Solve Our Human Problems is the latest release by Scotland’s Belle and Sebastian. Listen for selections from it on this episode of the show as well as music from The Twilight Sad’s No One Can Ever Know, released in 2012.

Friday, March 23

Sunday Morning Coming Down is the 2012 release from Minneapolis’ The New Standards, featuring jazz-inspired covers of songs from the Arcade Fire, The Beatles and Talking Heads, among others. We’ll hear songs from that release plus music from the Bad Plus’ 2016 effort It’s Hard.

Saturday, March 24

Everybody’s Insecure is the latest release from Elk City. We’ll hear songs from that record as well as from Space Flyer, the 1994 effort from Melting Hopefuls.

Monday, March 26

Condition Blue is the 1991 effort from Britain’s The Jazz Butcher, we’ll hear music from that collection on this episode as well as songs from Kirsty MacColl’s Electric Landlady.

Tuesday, March 27

Space Gun is the latest release from Dayton, Ohio’s Guided By Voices. We’ll hear music from it as well as songs from Doolittle, the 1989 effort from the Pixies.

Wednesday, March 28

Hymns of the 49th Parallel is k.d. lang’s 2004 tribute to Canadian singer-songwriters and features material written by Leonard Cohen and Neil Young. We’ll hear music from that release as well as selections from Lucinda Williams’ 2017 remake of her Sweet Old World LP.

Thursday, March 29

Listen for selections from Ride Again, the 2015 release from Cherokee Maidens & Sycamore Swing plus music from Asleep At The Wheel.

Friday, March 30

I’ll Be Your Girl is the latest effort from The Decemberists, listen for selections from that release on this episode plus music from Andrew W.K.’s You’re Not Alone.

Saturday, March 31

 Listen for selections from David Bowie’s 1997 release, Earthling plus music from former Bowie guitarist Mick Ronson’s 1994 set, Heaven and Hull, featuring guest appearances from Bowie, Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Mott The Hoople’s Ian Hunter and John Mellencamp.

Brian Tiemeyer is a Kansas-based musician who focuses on acoustic soul and reggae music. Here, he discusses one of the difficulties some musicians discover when playing reggae.

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The Harmed Brothers could be any city's hometown band for the amount of time the group spends on the road. Somehow, between those long stretches of tour, the outfit has found time to record a series of finely tuned albums that spotlight the songs of Ray Vietti and Alex Salcido. The latest such release is a collection of tunes captured lived at Morehouse Barbers in the St. John's neighborhood of Portland (titled, unsurprisingly, The Morehouse Barber Sessions).

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