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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KMUW Music is celebrating Taj Mahal's birthday on Thursday, May 17. Tune in to Global Village and Strange Currency from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. for three hours of music. 

KMUW Music is celebrating the birthday of Sun Ra on Tuesday, May 22.  Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for five hours of music.

Global Village marks the occasion with some pieces the (other) world musician did that were influenced by styles from other parts of the planet.

The feature continues on Strange Currency with selections from NRBQ, Yo La Tengo and others.

Night Train closes out the feature from 10:00 p.m. to midnight.

Tuesday, 15

We remember avant-garde composer and musician Glenn Branca, who died Monday at the age of 69. Branca’s work was highly influential on acts such as Sonic Youth, Helmet and countless others. We’ll hear music from his as well as several of his protégés. 

Wednesday, May 16

We celebrate the birthday of King Crimson founder Robert Fripp with music from his work with that band as well as with Blondie, Daryl Hall, and David Sylvian. 

Thursday, May 17

We celebrate the birthday of Taj Mahal, including music from his collaboration with Keb' Mo', TajMo. Plus selections from Jesse Ed Davis, Prince and others. 

Friday, May 18

Only In The Dark is the new release singer-songwriter Jesse Ainslie, known for his work with Phosphorescent. We’ll hear music from that recording plus selections from Late For The Sky, Jackson Browne’s 1974 LP.

Saturday, May 19

Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino is the first album in six years from Arctic Monkeys. Listen for music from that release as well as new songs from Ament, the project of Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament.

Monday, May 21

We’ll hear selections from Prince’s classic album 1999 as well as music from Andre Cymone’s A.C.

Tuesday, May 22

We celebrate the birthday of Sun Ra with selections from NRBQ, Yo La Tengo and others.

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Kelley Hunt's last album, The Beautiful Bones, was released in 2014, but the veteran singer says the wait for new material is almost over, as she's hard at work on at least one new recording at the moment. Hunt will bring plenty of songs from her past and a few new ones with her when she performs at The Cotillion Ballroom Saturday night.

Aaron Rogers

Evan Ogborn is a multi-instrumentalist who performs with both Pretend Friend and Animal Parade. He recently completed a degree in bass performance/jazz studies at Wichita State University.

Christopher Boudewyns

Alan Cumming brings his show Legal Immigrant to Salina's Stiefel Theatre on Friday, May 11. The show explores the actor's own experiences with immigration and allows him to display his trademark warmth and humor. Known for a variety of roles, including his work on The Good Wife, Cumming is also the author of several books, including My Father's Son. He currently appears on the CBS series Instinct.

Nate Ryan

Minnesota musician Charlie Parr's 2017 LP Dog seems to have done the unthinkable. With the collection, Parr has outdone his previous, outstanding recordings with a collection of songs that paint portraits of Americans most artists miss when they cast their lenses toward the backyards and tree-lined streets of suburbia. Parr's characters often have less than most in terms of material goods yet have rich internal lives, the kind worthy of attention and affection.

Nicole Mago

Banditos released the album Visonland to wide acclaim in 2017 via Chicago's esteemed Bloodshot Records. The band formed in Birmingham, Alabama in 2010, and then relocated to Nashville sometime after. The sextet performs at Barleycorn's Wednesday, May 9.

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Tuesday, May 8

Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. first came to national attention as part of the band Jellyfish in the early 1990s. Since then, he’s become an integral member of Beck’s band and has recorded and performed with acts such as The Moog Cookbook, Imperial Drag and as a solo artist. Later this month, Manning will reissue his first two solo albums as well as release a new EP. We’ll hear selections from Manning’s 2009 album Catnip Dynamite on this episode as well as selections from his work with Jellyfish.

Wednesday, May 9

Don’t Be Afraid is the new release from singer-songwriter Chris Stills. We’ll hear music from that recording on this episode of Strange Currency as well as music from his father, Stephen Stills, and the 1975 album Stills.

Thursday, May 10

A Man Alive is the 2016 album from Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. Inspired by songwriter Thao Nguyen’s estrangement from her father and exploration of family secrets, the album received universal critical acclaim upon its release. We’ll hear selections from this recording as well as music from Nick Drake’s Pink Moon.

Friday, May 11

Listen for selections from Roger Joseph Manning Jr.’s 2006 release Land of Pure Imagination as well as music from Queen’s soundtrack to the 1980 film Flash Gordon. We'll also remember Scott Hutchison of the Scottish band Frightened Rabbit, who was found dead on Thursday after having disappeared earlier in the week.

Saturday, May 12

We’ll celebrate the birthday of Stevie Wonder with selections from throughout his career.

Monday, May 14

Listen for selections from Neil Young’s Roxy: Tonight’s The Night Live which captures Young and his band performing material that would form the nucleus of his classic 1975 release, Tonight’s The Night. We’ll also hear music from Black Music For White People, the 1991 LP from Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.

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Tuesday, May 1 

After more than a decade focusing on retro R&B sounds, the Austin, Texas band The Nightowls has decided to focus on the present. The group’s brand-new album, We Are The Nightowls, retains the band’s classic sensibilities while offering listeners something new. We’ll hear music from this release plus selections from Low Cut Connie’s Dirty Pictures, Part Two.

Wednesday, May 2

In The Rainbow Rain is the latest recording from Okkervil River, we’ll hear music from that release on this episode as well as music from the Icelandic band, Árstíðir (English translation: Seasons).

Thursday, May 3

 Released in 1975, Fish Out Of Water is the sole solo release from Yes co-founder Chris Squire. The album features guest appearances from Mel Collins (King Crimson) and Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson) and others. We’ll hear selections from it as well as music from the black watch.

Friday, May 4

It’s our New Month, New Music special with music from Willie Nelson, John Prine and more.

Saturday, May 5

 Released in 1985, Around The World In A Day was Prince and The Revolution’s follow up to the multi-million selling Purple Rain album. Featuring a turn toward the psychedelic, the record also features two songs co-written by Prince’s father, John L. Nelson. We’ll hear music from this release as well as selections from Ice Cream Castle, the 1984 effort from The Time.

Monday, May 7

 Listen for selections from The Fool, the 2018 EP from Crisis Casanova plus music Parade, the 1986 album from Prince which also served as the soundtrack to the film Under The Cherry Moon.