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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Author Jane Hamilton’s latest book, The Excellent Lombards, examines big questions facing a Wisconsin farm family as they prepare for the future. Hamilton says that the novel is in part inspired by her own family’s experience with the change nature of rural life.

The Mavericks are currently on the road supporting their acclaimed 2015 album Mono. According to guitarist Eddie Perez, the group’s on-again/off-again partnership is in the best place it’s ever been. He also likes the radio a lot, which is cool. Perez talked to KMUW’s Jedd Beaudoin.

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Tuesday, May 3

Promised Land or Bust is the latest release from Moreland & Arbuckle. Featuring new songs from the band as well as tunes written by Ryan Taylor of the Dallas/Fort Worth band Oil Boom, Lee McBee and others, the album is the band’s debut for the Alligator label. We’ll hear selections from it as well as from the new release by Scotland’s Trashcan Sinatras, Wild Pendulum, which features a guest appearance by Dustin Arbuckle.

Wednesday, May 4

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This edition of A Musical Life originally aired on May 15, 2015.


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.

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Graham Nash has spent decades with his musical partners David Crosby and Stephen Stills. But now he's stepping out on his own with a new album and tour. And he says this record isn't just his best--it's also probably his last.

Lynne Davis is associate professor of organ at Wichita State University, where she is the Robert L. Town Distinguished Professor of Organ. Davis also hosts the Wednesdays in Wiedemann concert series, which celebrates the Marcussen organ which is housed there. 

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John McCutcheon has always been enamored by folk singers. He taught himself songs from a Woody Guthrie songbook that he borrowed from his local library when he was a child. McClutcheon also found the music of Joe Hill. Last year, he released Joe Hill’s Last Will, a record that commemorated 100 years since Hill’s passing. It also allowed McCutcheon to sing some of his favorite Hill pieces.

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Guitarist Steve Vai talks about a tour that brings him together with four other master guitarists, Generation Axe.

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Thursday, April 14

In 1996 former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde released the album Book of Shadows. Demonstrating a more introspective style of songwriting than some expected, the record was more influenced by the Allman Brothers Band and Elton John than Black Sabbath and Judas Priest.

Augusten Burroughs’ latest book, Lust & Wonder, almost didn’t happen.

By 2011 he’d published a long string of memoirs covering various parts of his own life, from an adolescence spent living with his mother’s psychiatrist in Running with Scissors to A Wolf at the Table, which chronicled his turbulent relationship with his father. There were other books in between, giving Burroughs a grand total of six memoirs to his credit. With the release of each it seemed that critics declared the writer had best be careful: He was going to run out of material.