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 “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, where he also pens (alternating with two other writers) commentary on country music for the site’s “Kickin’ Up Dust” column.


8:43 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Some Rural, Some Urban In The Music Of The Pines

Credit Courtesy photo / Red House Records

The Pines find comfort in rural and urban America.

Iowa natives Benson Ramsey and David Huckfelt formed the band The Pines after a chance meeting in Arizona. The pair quickly relocated to Minneapolis, Minn., where the band is based today.

Ramsey says that he and Huckfelt were first drawn together by a love of regional music and the blues.

“We were obsessed with blues music and folk music,” Ramsey says of his early days with Huckfelt.

The move to Minneapolis exposed the pair to the music of St. Paul’s “Spider” John Koerner—who Ramsey calls “a huge influence."

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11:54 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Top Albums: March 11 - 16

  1. Songs For Slim -- The Replacements
  2. The Next Day -- David Bowie
  3. The Beast In Its Tracks -- Josh Ritter
  4. What The Brothers Sang -- Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie “Prince” Billy
  5. Vacilador -- The Giving Tree Band
  6. Old Yellow Moon -- Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
  7. Kimono My House -- Sparks
  8. Skin and Bones -- Foo Fighters
  9. Honky Tonk -- Son Volt
  10. Forever Endeavour -- Ron Sexsmith
7:00 am
Mon March 18, 2013

At Play: Guns, Girls and Menopause

The Crown Uptown Theatre presents the hit 1946 musical Annie Get Your Gun March 22 through April 27. This timeless love story between sharpshooters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler features songs from Irving Berlin including “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Anything You Can Do,” and “They Say It’s Wonderful.”

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11:27 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Top Albums: March 4 - 9

  1. Songs For Slim -- The Replacements
  2. Old World’s Ocean -- The Calamity Cubes
  3. Gold Yeller -- Oil Boom
  4. What The Brothers Sang -- Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie “Prince” Billy
  5. The Messenger -- Johnny Marr
  6. Honky Tonk -- Son Volt
  7. Amok -- Atoms For Peace
  8. The Late Great Whatever -- Lovely Bad Things
  9. Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace -- Foo Fighters
  10. Tin Machine -- Tin Machine
12:57 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Dave Grohl's Sound City: A Sweeping Take On Rock History

Dave Grohl at the Los Angeles recording studio, Sound City Studios.[
Credit Courtesy / Sound City

Sound City marks musician Dave Grohl's directorial debut and a fine introduction it is. The former Nirvana drummer and present day Foo Fighters frontman takes us inside the Van Nuys, Calif., studio where his former band recorded its 1991 breakthrough release Nevermind and where Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers tracked Damn The Torpedoes and where Fleetwood Mac tracked its 1975 self-titled release­­the album that brought Steve Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham into the fold and sent the quintet on the road to superstardom.

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11:46 am
Fri March 8, 2013

A Musical Life: Dustin Arbuckle

Moreland & Arbuckle, (L-R) Aaron Moreland, Kendall Newby, Dustin Arbuckle.
Credit Courtesy / Moreland & Arbuckle

Dustin Arbuckle first teamed up with musical partner Aaron Moreland in 2001 after they met at an open mic night. Soon after that they recorded under the name The King Snakes before changing the band's name to Moreland & Arbuckle circa 2005. The pair has recorded four albums as Moreland and Arbuckle, including 1861 (2008), Flood (2009), and Just A Dream (2011). The trio (rounded out by drummer Kendall Newby) will release a new album this summer, which was produced by Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Minus the Bear, Russian Circles).

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2:51 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Top Albums: February 25 - March 2

  1. Crashes On The Platinum Planet -- Big Dipper
  2. Push The Sky Away -- Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
  3. The Messenger -- Johnny Marr
  4. Honky Tonk -- Son Volt
  5. Impossible Truth -- William Tyler
  6. Amok -- Atoms For Peace
  7. Old World’s Ocean -- The Calamity Cubes
  8. Fade -- Yo La Tengo
  9. Electric -- Richard Thompson
  10. I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass -- Yo La Tengo
9:02 am
Mon March 4, 2013

At Play Theatre Roundup: March 4 - March 17

Wichita Community Theatre presents <i>Doubt: A Parable</i> March 13 -17.

Music Theatre for Young People will present Sweet Charity the Musical, March 8 - 10 at Mary Jane Teall Theater. The production features music by Cy Coleman, lyrics from Dorothy Fields and a book by Neil Simon and is probably familiar to some audiences from the 1969 film adaptation, which starred Shirley MacLaine. Among the musical numbers are “Big Spender” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now.”

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6:13 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Top Albums: February 18-23

1. Push The Sky Away-- Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
2. Impossible Truth-- William Tyler
3. Forever Endeavour-- Ron Sexsmith
4. Mr. Music Head-- Adrian Belew
5. From A Window Seat (single)-- Dawes
6. Electric-- Richard Thompson
7. Untamed Beast-- Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside
8. The Ides-- Me Like Bees
9. Cough Cough-- Everything Everything
10. Wonderful, Glorious-- Eels

12:56 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

5 Things You Should Know About Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo, founded in 1984, takes its name from a sporting anecdote.
Credit Carlie Armstrong / Matador Records

1. The group, which was founded in 1984 in Hoboken, New Jersey, takes its name from a sporting anecdote: Legend has it that during the 1962 season two members of the New York Mets––center fielder Richie Ashburn and shortstop Elio Chacon––collided on an all-too-frequent basis. A native of Venezuela, Chacon was confused when Ashburn would yell, “I’ve got it!” as he was going after a ball. A teammate intervened and told Ashburn that he might have more luck yelling "¡Yo la tengo!" (Spanish for “I’ve got it!”) instead. He did––only to be knocked about by left fielder Frank Thomas, who allegedly quipped, “What’s a yellow tango?”

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