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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Tuesday, May 10

1861 saw Moreland & Arbuckle experimenting with a variety of sounds including hard-edged blues and country music. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as from The Morning After, the 1971 album by the J. Geils Band. 

Wednesday, May 11

We celebrate Twilight Zone Day with music from William Shatner, Rush, John Grant and other acts both strange and unsettling.

Thursday, May 12

New Radiohead single, "Daydreaming" is out now, ahead of the digital release of the band's new LP at 2 PM EST on Sunday, May 8. The video is directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood). 

Jedd Beaudoin will spotlight the new album all next week on Strange Currency.

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Wichita singer-songwriter Jenny Wood’s new CD, Don’t Let Them Get In Your Head, is out this weekend. The vocalist says it’s a strong reflection of who she is as a writer and performer.

Jenny Wood’s known for her high-energy live performances and uncompromising vocals. So, one might be forgiven for thinking that she’d soften her stage approach to accommodate her studio environment. She says producer Scott Spriggs and his father, Wayne, were eager to capture that energy in both audio and visual worlds when made her new album, Don’t Let Them Get in Your Head.

Author Jane Hamilton’s latest book, The Excellent Lombards, examines big questions facing a Wisconsin farm family as they prepare for the future. Hamilton says that the novel is in part inspired by her own family’s experience with the change nature of rural life.

The Mavericks are currently on the road supporting their acclaimed 2015 album Mono. According to guitarist Eddie Perez, the group’s on-again/off-again partnership is in the best place it’s ever been. He also likes the radio a lot, which is cool. Perez talked to KMUW’s Jedd Beaudoin.

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Tuesday, May 3

Promised Land or Bust is the latest release from Moreland & Arbuckle. Featuring new songs from the band as well as tunes written by Ryan Taylor of the Dallas/Fort Worth band Oil Boom, Lee McBee and others, the album is the band’s debut for the Alligator label. We’ll hear selections from it as well as from the new release by Scotland’s Trashcan Sinatras, Wild Pendulum, which features a guest appearance by Dustin Arbuckle.

Wednesday, May 4

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This edition of A Musical Life originally aired on May 15, 2015.


William Flynn is assistant professor of jazz guitar at Wichita State University. He is involved in a variety of jazz-based musical ensembles including Driver, Friendly Skeleton, and The Songbook Project.

Eleanor Stills

Graham Nash has spent decades with his musical partners David Crosby and Stephen Stills. But now he's stepping out on his own with a new album and tour. And he says this record isn't just his best--it's also probably his last.

Lynne Davis is associate professor of organ at Wichita State University, where she is the Robert L. Town Distinguished Professor of Organ. Davis also hosts the Wednesdays in Wiedemann concert series, which celebrates the Marcussen organ which is housed there. 

Irene Young

John McCutcheon has always been enamored by folk singers. He taught himself songs from a Woody Guthrie songbook that he borrowed from his local library when he was a child. McClutcheon also found the music of Joe Hill. Last year, he released Joe Hill’s Last Will, a record that commemorated 100 years since Hill’s passing. It also allowed McCutcheon to sing some of his favorite Hill pieces.