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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Craig “Twister” Steward has been playing and recording music on a local and global scale for decades. He record a number of songs with Frank Zappa and appears on albums such as Joe’s Garage, The Man From Utopia and You Are What You Is. He is a consistent presence in the Wichita music scene and frequently appears at Zappa-related events throughout Europe.

“I was a gymnast in high school. My music is an extension of my sport career. I was a tumbler and my solos have a lot to do with my tumbling routines.

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Monday, May 1

Old Crow Medicine show has a long history with Bob Dylan. The legendary singer received co-writing credit on the band’s first major single, “Wagon Wheel” and, now, to celebrate 50 years of his classic album Blonde on Blonde, Old Crow Medicine Show has covered the release in its entirety. Listen for selections from 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde plus selections from the brand new release from the Mark Lanegan Band’s latest, Gargoyle.

Tuesday, May 2

Tuesday, April 18

We’ll remember guitar legend Allan Holdsworth, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 70. We’ll hear selections from his work with the bands U.K., Bruford, and Soft Machine in addition to work from his decades-spanning solo career.

Wednesday, April 19

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Scott Taylor is a drummer who is part of an ongoing live series highlighting improvised music, A Series For The People’s Freedom, focusing on Kansas-based musicians. The collective releases music as Recordings for the People’s Freedom.

“The whole idea is that we play shows in a place that has very few constructs. We don’t need to play in time if we don’t want to. Basically, no rules.

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“The idea of it being a real band seemed pretty farfetched,” says Dan Dixon of Atlanta’s PLS PLS (pronounced Please Please). The group has just issued a new full-length album, Jet Black and is undertaking its first major tour. Since its inception, circa 2012, PLS PLS has mostly gigged in the Atlanta area, focusing on writing, recording and the occasional video project.

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Blues Traveler celebrates its thirtieth year as a band in 2017. Founding members Chan Kinchla and John Popper have known each other since their teen years in Princeton, New Jersey. Kinchla says that the band's longevity in part comes down to the bonds the band members forged in those early years.

“When you’ve known each other since you’ve were 13-14, there’s a lot of bonds that go a little deeper than when you meet people in your twenties,” the guitarist says. “So if there’s friction or something like, we have that relationship to fall back on.”

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Gene Simmons has been perfectly happy as a member of Kiss, the band he co-founded in New York City circa 1973 with friend Paul Stanley. Although Stanley has toured outside the band before and, more recently, taken to performing with his R&B cover band, Simmons was reluctant.

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The Jayhawks formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1985, bringing together Gary Louris and Mark Olson, who would write the lion’s share of material for the group over the coming decade. Bassist Marc Perlman was also in the ranks and points out that although the Minneapolis scene was teeming with high-energy, punk-influenced bands such as The Replacements, Soul Asylum and Hüsker Dü, the city also boasted Prince and Trip Shakespeare (which would morph into Semisonic).

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Wednesday, April 12

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, PLS PLS (pronounced: Please Please) has recently issued the album Jet Black. The band’s dizzying blend of contemporary rock and pop influences is on full display on this release which calls to mind a more accessible Radiohead while standing firmly on its own feet. We’ll hear selections from this recording as well as music from the latest by Vehicles, Echo.

Thursday, April 13

Roni Lowry holds a BA in Cello Performance from Wichita State University. She performs as a solo artist and teaches the instrument as a paraeducator at Goddard Academy and in private. She is also a member of the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra.