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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Thursday, April 16: Czech-born keyboardist Jan Hammer had his greatest commercial success in the 1980s after composing the theme to the popular television show Miami Vice but his recorded output as a solo artist in the 1970s featured several superlative albums including 1976’s Oh Yeah. Listen for selections from that album as well as from Teaser, the 1975 release by guitarist Tommy Bolin.

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Thursday, April 9: Short Movie is the fifth album from singer-songwriter Laura Marling and is notable for Marling’s heavy incorporation of electric guitar on this release. We’ll hear selections from that as well as from Jenny Wood’s Thumbsucker release.

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The theatrical release of the film The Wrecking Crew has been nearly 20 years in the making. Director Denny Tedesco began by wanting to tell the story of his father, acclaimed guitarist Tommy Tedesco, and the group of studio musicians he was surrounded by who played on a seemingly endless string of hits in the 1960s and 1970s.

Tedesco began filming in 1996 and from the beginning he heard one thing over and over: "You’re not going to get this released. It’s just not going to happen. The music’s going to cost way too much.”

Lauren Dukoff

The Deepest Lake is the first full-length album in four years from the Los Angeles band Dengue Fever. The group’s brand of music blends elements of Cambodian pop music—as influenced by American psychedelic music. This new album finds the group diversifying its sound—that’s in part because the group felt more open to diverse influences.

Kerry Burrow

Daniel Davis is the founder of ICT Fest, This Ain’t Heaven Recording Concern and has performed in a variety of music projects, including Yamoto, Ricky Fitts, and Living Ghost. He lives in Wichita with his wife and daughters. 

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Wednesday, April 1

Formed in 1975 Brand X combined elements of progressive rock with jazz fusion across a series of under-appreciated albums. The group featured Phil Collins on drums playing in a manner that was distinctly different from his work in Genesis or on his solo recordings, demonstrating that he was one of the best percussionists of his generation. We’ll hear from the debut Brand X recording, Unorthodox Behaviour as well as from Billy Cobham’s 1974 release Crosswinds

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David Lord is a guitarist responsible for several releases under the Francis Moss and Wonder Revolution monikers. He is an accomplished educator and business owner who operates Air House Academy and Air House Records in Wichita. Lord has also recorded with brothers Aaron and Sean Fanning as part of the band Solagget

Francis Moss music is my music in relationship to the forest. So, it’s all kind of forest inspired.

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Chris Wise, the bassist for the band Buxton, says four albums and more than a decade into its career, the group is more solid than ever. Some of that comes down to him, and his bandmates finding time to connect with each other and to reach compromises.

When the Houston-based band entered the studio with producer Thom Monahan last year to record the album Half A Native, the band was determined to have a good experience and allow Monahan—whose previous credits include Beachwood Sparks and Devendra Banhart—to guide the sessions as he saw fit.

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Christian Lee Hutson spends at least half of each year on the road performing concerts all around the United States. That doesn’t leave him a lot of time to write songs. So, a few years ago, he began using the idle hours of travel by himself as a kind of workshop. The results—many of them, at least—can be heard on his new album, Yeah Okay, I Know.

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Thursday, March 19

Released in 1985 Bad Moon Rising was the second full-length album from Sonic Youth. Despite the band having formed in New York City, the music on this album is focused heavily on Southern California—especially the dark underbelly of Los Angeles in the late 1960s as the counterculture’s dark side came to light. We’ll hear selections from this release as well as from Strange Angels, the 1989 release from performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson. The record was remarkable for Anderson’s new attention to her voice and more traditional song structures and its wide range of guest artists, including jazz vocalist Bobby McFerrin.