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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Strange Currency--hosted by Jedd Beaudoin--airs six nights a week from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. on KMUW, bringing you new releases, old favorites and forgotten classics. 

In addition to his overall "Best of 2015" list, Jedd offers several "best of" categories this year, including best indies, reissues, music films and DVDs, and local regional releases.

Los Lobos: Dream In Blue by Chris Morris (University of Texas Press)

Chris Morris provides a critical study of Los Lobos that reveals things even hardcore fans may not have known. At 182 pages it’s a slender volume but one never senses that there’s anything missing. This is a long overdue study of the best band in North America.

Petty: The Biography by Warren Zanes (Henry Holt and Co.)

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Musicians will say that there's a marked difference between the concert stage and the recording studio and KMUW's Jedd Beaudoin caught up with one group recently that had a lot to say about those differences.

Wichita’s The Travel Guide has spent the last few years in the studio honing eleven songs for its new album Trading A Dream. The band’s guitarist and vocalist Thayne Coleman says that the band wanted to create something that improved upon the group’s acclaimed live shows and made many songs that were already longtime fan favorites even better.

Tuesday, December 22

Listen for brand new music from The Travel Guide as well as selections from the Velvet Underground.

Wednesday, December 23

We’ll celebrate the birthday of guitarist/vocalist Adrian Belew with selections from his work with Paul Simon, Talking Heads, King Crimson, Frank Zappa and as a solo artist.

Thursday, December 24

Celebrate the holiday season with music from Flaming Lips, The Wood Brothers, Harry Nilsson and The Kinks. 

Friday, December 25

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Wednesday, December 16

Listen for selections from the 1964 self-titled album by guitar legend Doc Watson as well as music from Elliot Road’s Where The Woodbine Twineth.

Thursday, December 17

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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy came to international attention in the late 1990s as part of the swing music revival that was seemingly everywhere at the time.

Although that music’s popularity had declined by the early 2000s, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy remains a popular and active recording and touring band. And among the most popular shows each year are the band’s Christmas gigs.

Ian Stewart

Chris Mackie is a lifelong musician who performs as a member of Deathblack Flowers, as a solo artist under the names Christopher Flores and Gilded Heart. He is a former member of the band This Great October and also recorded with the band Sonna. A rarities collection from that group is expected in the near future.

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Garth Brooks recently set attendance records at one local venue for six shows. He says that he's happy to be back on the road and that he's optimistic about music's future. KMUW's Jedd Beaudoin caught up with Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwood backstage hours before opening night in Wichita.

Tuesday, December 1

We commemorate World AIDS Day with selections from Arthur Russell, John Grant, Queen, David Byrne, Lou Reed and many other artists who have written about and/or lived with HIV/AIDS.

Wednesday, December 2

Bob Walkenhorst is vocalist/guitarist and main songwriter for The Rainmakers. The band is based in Kansas City, Missouri and was inducted in the Kansas Music Hall of Fame in 2011 and accumulated numerous fans since the early 1980s, including author Stephen King. The band’s most recent recording is Cover Band.

Here, in a 2014 interview with KMUW, Walkenhorst discusses his longtime fascination with religion in his lyrics.