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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Jessica Martin

This Musical Life profile was originally published on July 7, 2017.  

In 2013, Aaron Lee Martin left for a most unusual recording session. Martin's friend and fellow musician Danny Brewer had a cabin in the remote woods of northern Georgia. He wanted to know if Martin had any interest in making a record using solar power.

Monday, January 1

Listen for selections from Flaming Lips, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and The Wood Brothers.  

Tuesday, January 2

We’ll hear music from Nexus, the 2017 release from the father and son duo of Virgil and Steve Howe. Plus selections from The Tragically Hip, Lee Ranaldo and more. 

Wednesday, January 3

We’ll hear music from Swedish progressive rock band The Flower Kings plus music from Big Big Train and more.

Thursday, January 4

Listen for selections from King Crimson’s 1974 album Red plus music from Liquid Tension Experiment.

Friday, January 5

We’ll hear from Attention Deficit, the band featuring Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick, legendary bassist Michael Manring and Primus drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander.

Saturday, January 6

We’ll hear selections from Yes, Genesis and others on this episode. 

  1. 1969—Andre Cymone
  2. Mental Illness—Aimee Mann
  3. Masseduction—St. Vincent
  4. Lotta Sea Lice—Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile
  5. Jen Cloher—Jen Cloher
  6. Anything Can Happen—Bash & Pop
  7. Dirty Pictures (Part One)—Low Cut Connie
  8. American Dream—LCD Soundsystem
  9. If All I Was Was Black—Mavis Staples
  10. Semper Femina—Laura Marling

Lindsay Lord

Guitarist David Lord’s latest release under the Francis Moss moniker is Tickor. The album finds the Wichita-based musician continuing to work in his highly imaginative manner via a series of compositions that have rather organic origins. Joining Lord on this new release is percussionist Will Erickson (Team Tremolo, Spirit of the Stairs).

Jedd Beaudoin: Most of your records have a concept behind them. How about this one?

John Mesh

Kristyn Chapman is guitarist with Team Tremolo and Cartwheel. She will next play with the latter band at Kirby’s Beer Store on January 12, 2018.

“I just picked up a Fender Jaguar Pro. It’s a new series of Jaguars that have a maple fretboard. I just loved the way it sounded and I really wanted something I could just pick up and play and be confident about the tone and not have to think about changing out the pickups or whatever. I just wanted to be comfortable playing.

Thursday, December 21

We celebrate the Winter Solstice with selections from Hall & Oates, Over The Rhine and Zakk Wylde. 

Friday, December 22

We’ll hear music from the self-titled debut by The Wichita Flag as well as holiday themed music from Robin Trower, Steve Vai and more.

Saturday, December 23

Listen for holiday music from The Band, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.

Monday, December 25

Listen for selections from the 2017 release by Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Soul of a Woman, as well as holiday-themed music from Greg Lake, The Kinks, The Wood Brothers and The Minus 5. 

Tuesday, December 26

We’ll hear music from King Crimson’s Lizard as well as selections from Security Project and Focus.

Wednesday, December 27

 Listen for selections from First Aid Kit, Destroyer and The Prefab Messiahs.

Thursday, December 28

We’ll hear music from Memories of a Cut Off Head, the latest by OCS (the Oh-Sees) and Sufjan Stevens’ The Greatest Gift.

Friday, December 29

 We’ll hear from The Wichita Flag, Caligula’s Horse and others.

Saturday, December 30

We’ll hear music from Simon Phillips, Ed Palermo Big Band and others.  


KMUW Music marks the first day of winter with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Thursday, December 21, from 7:00 p.m. to midnight to celebrate the new season.


Starting at 7:00 p.m., Global Village marks the first day of winter with a show devoted to songs of the season. Artists featured include Leonard Cohen, Gil Scott-Heron, Boys of the Lough, Bebel Gilberto, ErsatzMusika, Loreena McKennitt, Esquivel and more.

Michael Delsol

The World of Captain Beefheart unites vocalist Nona Hendryx and guitarist/producer Gary Lucas in one of the most imaginative pairings in recent memory. More than that, it serves as a tribute to Captain Beefheart, the late Don Van Vliet, the musician and painter who wore the Captain’s guys from the 1960s until the early 1980s when he retired from music. Though a figure central to the avant garde, Van Vliet, like his school friend Frank Zappa, had a deep love of R&B and soul music.

Cecilia Raheb is guitarist and vocalist with the Wichita-based band Crisis Casanova with Brenna Beeson.

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Wichita band Tideway released its full-length debut album in January 2017 and closes out the calendar by issuing a new EP with close friends Kill Vargas. Both bands are on the bill for a show at the Crown Uptown Saturday, Dec. 9 which also feature local act The Cavves and Salt Creek from Lincoln, Nebraska.

Tideway guitarist and vocalist Trent Gaddie (the band is rounded out by drummer Will Mercer and bassist/vocalist Scott Garver) stopped by the KMUW studios recently to chat about the new EP and Tideway’s history.