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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Although he was initially recruited as a keyboardist for the band Spirit of the Stairs, Torin Andersen quickly strapped on his guitar and before long his splashes of intrigue and color became synonymous with the band’s sound and style.

Here’s Andersen performing on the song “Moonsault” from the EP Tronan Vs. The Spidernauts

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 he showed an early interest in the acoustic guitar and is influenced by a wide range of acoustic players, Zack Roach has built his reputation on playing loud, aggressive electric guitar. Whether in bands such as The Empress or Spirit of the Stairs, Roach always tempers heaviness with feel, taste and imagination.

Here he is with Senses Fail playing on “The Courage of an Open Heart” from the upcoming album Pull The Thorns From Your Heart.

Rebecca Makkai’s second novel, The Hundred-Year House, is new to paperback and finding a new group of readers. The novel is both darkly humorous and often chilling—with splashes of historical fiction and a kind of ghost story. Its unusual structure also strikes most readers right away.

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Over the last decade David Lord has proven himself as a tirelessly inventive guitarist via the jazz rock band Solagget, to the art/performance/music project The Wonder Revolution to his compelling and unusual solo act Francis Moss.

Early in his career Lord’s playing earned comparisons to guitar legends such as Steve Howe of Yes and jazz great Pat Metheny. Today, he has proven himself as an entirely unique voice on the instrument, as heard here performing under the Francis Moss name.

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When Deborah Harkness’s first novel, A Discovery of Witches, appeared in 2011 it met with almost universal critical acclaim. The roar over her charming characters and playful narratives hasn’t died down just yet, even as the final installment of the trilogy has now entered the paperback market.

The story has so far lived beyond what its author could have expected, especially since she first suspected that she was really only writing one book.

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Monday, June 1: In an unlikely career move David Bowie formed the band Tin Machine in 1988 with the rhythm section of Hunt (drums) and Tony (bass) Sales and guitarist Reeve Gabrels. Bowie had already worked with the Sales brothers in Iggy Pop’s band and was forming a strong friendship with Gabrels. The band recorded two studio albums and issued one live recording during its short lifetime (1988-1992) and was an especially divisive moment in Bowie’s career.

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Less than five years ago, Old Crow Medicine Show was a band on the verge of collapse. But a few lineup changes and a renewed sense of purpose have seen the group climb to new heights, including membership in the Grand Ole Opry and a Grammy award.

Emily Hill is lead guitarist in the band Stand Up. She is completing her final year at Wilbur Middle School in Wichita. Stand Up is working on its first EP. Here, Hill recalls the band’s first public gig.

“We played formal at our school. That was a big deal for us. That was the first gig that we ever played. We were just used to playing in our garage for my mom. We got to play in front of all of our grade.

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William Flynn is assistant professor of jazz guitar at Wichita State University. He is involved in a variety of jazz-based musical ensembles including Driver, Friendly Skeleton, and The Songbook Project.

“One analogy that’s used a lot in jazz improvisation education is the language analogy. It’s kind of overused but it’s overused because it’s such a good analogy to make.

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Saturday, May 16 - Released in 1984 The Big Express was Swindon, England’s XTC’s seventh studio album; we’ll hear selections from it on this episode of Strange Currency as well as several songs produced by the band’s Andy Partridge for the Britpop band Blur as well as music from Mike Keneally’s 2008 rarities collection Wine and Pickles.   

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