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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Molly Venter and her husband Eben Pariser weren’t married yet when the foundation for Goodnight Moonshine was laid. In fact, they weren’t even a couple. After their respective bands, Red Molly and Roosevelt Dime, had crossed paths a few times they became musical collaborators, finding that their different takes on American music provided a unique balance.

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A Long Way From Your Heart is the latest album from Oklahoma’s Turnpike Troubadours. Based in Tahlequah, the collective began its career in 2007, playing country bars and building a reputation for high-energy live performances and an adherence to traditional country sounds. By the release of Goodbye Normal Street in 2010, the band was gaining notoriety outside its home state and reaching into the Billboard charts.

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Thursday, November 9

One of the more unexpected developments in Bob Dylan’s career was his conversion to Christianity in the late 1970s. The period, known as his gospel years, yielded three albums: Slow Train Coming, Saved and Shot of Love, all released between 1979 and 1981. Though that era remains one of the most controversial in the singer-songwriter’s life, recent years have seen fans embrace the material. Now, fans can hear a series of live performances thanks to a new, expansive boxed set Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 1979-1981. We’ll hear music from that release as well as selections from Halloween ‘77, a new set from Frank Zappa.

Friday, November 10

Terribility is the latest from release from Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas’ Oil Boom. We’ll hear selections from that release on this episode as well as music from UFO’s 1974 release, Phenomenon.

Saturday, November 11

There’s No Love In This War is the 2007 album from The Gunshy. The songs are based on letters that singer-songwriter Matt Arbogast’s grandfather, Paul Arbogast, wrote between 1943 and 1945. Listen for music from that recording as well as the 1986 album from Screaming Blue Messiahs, Gun-Shy. We’ll also celebrate the birthday of XTC co-founder Andy Partridge with selections from that band as well as his work with the band Monstrance.

Monday, November 13

We’ll hear music from Jen Cloher’s 2017 self-titled release as well as selections from Courtney Barnett with Kurt Vile.

Tuesday, November 14

Just Like Medicine is the latest album from singer-songwriter A.J. Croce. The record features appearances from legendary musicians such as Vince Gill, Steve Cropper and David Hood in addition to featuring a new song from his late father, Jim Croce, and one co-written with the late Leon Russell. Listen for music from Just Like Medicine plus selections from the latest by Destroyer, ken.

Wednesday, November 15

Wild and Reckless is the latest album from Portland, Oregon’s Blitzen Trapper. The album is based on an ambition stage production the group undertook culminating in a collection of songs that dealt with drug abuse, desperation and a long-gone vision of the group’s hometown. We’ll hear selections from this release as well as music from Anna Tivel’s Small Believer.

Thursday, November 16

Phases is the latest from singer-songwriter Angel Olson, we’ll hear selections from that recording on this episode plus music from Savage Young Dü a new compilation project commemorating the early recordings of legendary Minnesota band Hüsker Dü.  

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Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It is screen and stage legend William Shatner’s one-man show, an evening of stories ranging from the humorous to the heartbreaking. In it he discusses music, his tenure on Star Trek and his love of horses. Shatner brings his solo performance to Wichita’s Orpheum Theatre Friday, November 3. Below, he discusses the show’s origins and previews some of what audience members can expect.

  

Jedd Beaudoin: I’m curious about inspired your one-man show, Shatner’s World.

 

KMUW Music is celebrating National Saxophone Day, the birthday of saxophone inventor Adolphe Sax, with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Monday, November 6 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Global Village devotes Monday night's program to saxophone music and musicians from around the world, including Africa's Manu Dibango and Seun Kuti, the Skatalites and Dean Fraser from Jamaica, Balkan artists Fanfare Ciocarlia and Boris Kovac, plus a bossa nova classic from jazz saxophonist Stan Getz.

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After recording their debut album, When Dream and Day Unite, Dream Theater was faced with a variety of dilemmas. The record didn’t sell especially well, the group broke with its label and fired lead vocalist Charlie Dominici.

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Wednesday, November 1

Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo has just issued the latest in a long line of solo recordings. Titled Electric Trim the record features guest appearances from Nels Cline of Wilco, Sharon Van Etten and Ranaldo’s Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley. We’ll hear from Electric Trim on this episode plus selections from Roadkill Ghost Choir’s new effort, False Youth Etcetera.

Thursday, November 2

In 1983 British progressive rock trio Genesis was still enjoying the success of its previous album Abacab, its real breakthrough on American radio and pop charts. Titled Genesis, the group’s follow-up would feature some of the band’s final straightforward prog rock songs as future recordings found the Phil Collins-led outfit increasingly influenced by Top 40 sounds. We’ll hear from that self-titled Genesis release on this episode of the show plus selections from Liquid Tension Experiment, featuring members of King Crimson and Dream Theater.

Friday, November 3

It’s our New Month, New Music feature with selections from One of These Days, the latest album from British funk band The Haggis Horns, a group declared “the best horn section in the world” by producer Mark Ronson. Plus selections from the latest by Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Soul of a Woman.

Saturday, November 4

Though hailed as one of the most promising heavy metal bands of the early 1980s, Seattle’s Queensrÿche responded with a 1986 recording that had virtually nothing in common with that genre. Titled Rage For Order, the album featured touches of new wave, pop and hints of dance music. We’ll hear selections from Rage For Order on this episode plus new music from legendary British drummer Simon Phillips and his fusion band, Protocol.

Monday, November 6

We celebrate the birthday of Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone, with selections from Morphine, Moon Hootch, Colin Stetson, Roland Kirk and more.

Tuesday, November 7

Listen for music from Joni Mitchell on her 74th birthday. Plus covers of her songs from Prince, Crosby, Stills & Nash and more.

Wednesday, November 8

Released in 1968 Odessey & Oracle was the second and, for many years, final album from British group The Zombies. Notable for the inclusion of “Time of the Season,” the album has grown a devoted following in the nearly 50 years since its release with bands such as OK GO, The Avett Brothers and Of Montreal covering its songs. Listen for selections from the newly-reissued album as well as music from Mavis Staples’ brand-new effort, If All I Was Was Black.

KMUW Music is celebrating Halloween with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Tuesday, October 31 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Global Village celebrates Halloween with some music tricks and treats, ghosts and goblins, and lots of spirited and scary sounds.

The special continues on Strange Currency with music from Roky Erickson, Ghost, John Carpenter and The Cramps. 

Kevin Ives is guitarist, vocalist and keyboardist with The New Imperialism. The band’s releases to date include La Bella Fin (EP), The Sensationalism of Dr. Bordeaux and, most recently, Wax Wings. Presently, the group is working on a split EP with Tulsa’s The Dirty Mugs, tentatively slated for release in early 2018.

“In every band I’ve ever been in, I’ve always started off with a concept. The whole thing [was about] making a big show out of it. I’ve always liked to go see shows that had lights or something else involved, it wasn’t just about playing music.

In the 1980s, Ozzy Osbourne had a reputation for launching the careers of talented younger players. His original guitarist, Randy Rhoads, was a classically-trained wunderkind whose untimely death in early 1982 punctuated the brightness with which his star burned. There would be a succession of six-stringers who passed through the former Black Sabbath vocalist’s camp: Brad Gillis would have mainstream success with the band Nigh Ranger, Jake E. Lee would become one of the great unsung players of the ‘80s.

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