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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Wade Hampton

With so many first class songs to his credit, Gooding’s abilities as a guitarist are sometimes overlooked, but whether playing lead lines or layering multiple guitars it’s clear that Gooding’s six string work is always remarkable.

Here’s Gooding with “Devil Gets His Due.”  

The guitar in its many forms and styles is featured throughout June across our music programs. For more information about the shows and their features and to listen to KMUW music shows anytime online, visit our website at kmuw.org.

Tami Garcia

Dean Book’s guitar playing is heavy on rhythm and short on flash but that doesn’t make it any less impressive. As member of Hostility and now Gulch he creates guitar lines that are weighty, smart and rhythmically on the mark. You can hear him here—along with fellow Gulch guitarist Chris McNutt—on “The Second.”

The guitar in its many forms and styles is featured throughout June across our music programs. For more information about the shows and their features and to listen to KMUW music shows anytime online, visit our website at kmuw.org.

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Although mainstream country music bears little resemblance today to its simple roots, there are still some recording artists whose brand of music recalls the bygone era of AM country radio, delivering songs that are focused on common human emotions.

Jedd Beaudoin

In Wichita rock circles it might be said that all roads lead to Clif Major. Beginning with The Outcasts in the 1960s and through to later years with his live music venue Rockin’ Daddy’s, Major imbued many players with a sense of pride in their scene and, as owner of the music store C Major, put the first guitar in the hands of more than one local musician. Major died in 2014 at the age of 65 but his music remains with recordings such as this one from The Del-Rays.

    

Wayne Gottstine is a guitar player whose rhythm parts and lead lines are equally fascinating. Cut from the same cloth as Edward Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn, he never loses sight of the song, whether in his work with Scroat Belly or this band, The Sluggos.

The guitar in its many forms and styles is featured throughout June across our music programs. For more information about the shows and their features and to listen to KMUW music shows anytime online, visit our website at kmuw.org.

Gavin Peters

Aaron Moreland’s guitar playing has been the bedrock of the songs he and Dustin Arbuckle have created in Moreland and Arbuckle. Moreland avoids guitar solos and instead plays in a style that emphasizes the rhythmic qualities of the band’s blues-based sound.

Here’s Moreland and Arbuckle performing the classic “John Henry.”

The guitar in its many forms and styles is featured throughout June across our music programs. For more information about the shows and their features and to listen to KMUW music shows anytime online, visit our website at kmuw.org.

Shane Marler spent many years in the ska band Ophil, then took a surprising turn toward Americana and gypsy jazz in recent years. Whatever style he plays in his performances are always fresh, focused, and in the moment.

Here’s Marler performing “Moon On A String” from his recent solo album, Just A Fool.

The guitar in its many forms and styles is featured throughout June across our music programs. For more information about the shows and their features and to listen to KMUW music shows anytime online, visit our website at kmuw.org.

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Lily Dooman is a singer-songwriter based in Wichita. She recently issued a self-titled solo EP and is a member of the newly-formed band Riverbirds.

“I started by going out to open mics and building a set from there. If I wrote a song I’d play it this week; if I wrote a couple more songs I’d play them the next week.

Torin Andersen

Paul DeCeglie has performed in a variety of Wichita bands over the last decade plus but no matter what style of music he’s been playing, one thing remains consistent—his unmistakable bright-burning tone.

DeCeglie shared guitar duties in the band Black Gasoline with Scott Mackey as well as Larry Donaldson, you can hear some of DeCeglie’s signature sound on this track, “Transmission Interlude,” from Black Gasoline’s album She Gave Us Magic.

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Thursday, June 11 

Released in 2008 Episodes was the third album from Spirit of the Stairs and an unusual one at that. It saw the band growing from a quartet to a sextet (plus the addition of keyboardist Georgia Andersen on the recording sessions), introducing members and compositions from the band You’ll Be A Torso into the fold. It remains one of the group’s best recordings, one of the reasons we’ll spotlight it on this episode of the show, along with selections from the new Yes boxed set Progeny

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