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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Dusty Grant is a singer-songwriter based in Wichita.

I’ve been writing songs since college. I was about 19 when I started. I got my first taste of writing writing rap metal. I was in Omaha, Nebraska, that’s where I got my start. I had a band that was fairly popular in the area. Then I got more into metal scene. Now, I’m writing all the stuff by myself. I’m writing all the guitars and everything.

Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World

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Skiffle remains a phenomenon largely foreign to American listeners. Here, musician and activist Billy Bragg describes the music that inspired the likes of Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney and countless others across England in the years after World War II. You can trace a direct line from this music to the early, amphetamine-fueled work of The Beatles straight down to the Sex Pistols.

“They’re all some of the most difficult pieces that I play,” says pianist Christopher O’Riley, discussing his preparation for a recital spotlighting the music of Radiohead.

The Los Angeles-based musician has been arranging/interpreting/performing Radiohead’s music since the early 2000s. “I really like to think that this is an infinitesimally slowed-down improvisation because I really am making note choices, harmony choices from one sixteenth note to the next.”

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Al Holliday & The Eastside Rhythm Band will perform at Barleycorn's Saturday, Jan. 13 from 7–9 p.m. The soul-inspired group features Holliday's signature blues-based vocals—which have earned him acclaim from the St. Louis-area paper, Riverfront Times—as well as plenty of southern-inflected piano and horns.

You can hear plenty of what has listeners across the region excited via the album Natural Remedies (2015) or through the collective's live shows.

Jedd Beaudoin: When was it that soul music first entered your life?

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Tuesday, January 16

Listen for selections from Drunk, the 2017 release by Thundercat, featuring guest appearances from Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Pharrell and Kendrick Lamar. We’ll also hear music from Michael McDonald’s 2017 effort, Wide Open.

Wednesday, January 17

We’ll hear music from Psychsploitation Today, the new release by The Prefab Messiahs as well as new music from the neo-psychedelic band Django Django.

Thursday, January 18

Listen for music from Strange Angels, the new tribute to blues great Elmore James featuring selections from Rodney Crowell, Tom Jones and Jamey Johnson. We’ll also hear performances by James himself, who died in 1963.

Friday, January 19

 We’ll hear music from Echo, the 2017 effort from Vehicles as well as selections from Split Lip Rayfield’s On My Way.

Saturday, January 20

Ruins is the first album of new material from First Aid Kit since 2014, listen for selections from it on this episode as well as for recent music by The Wichita Flag.

Monday, January 22

We’ll hear music from Tunnel Vision, the 2017 EP from Kill Vargas as well as selections from Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations.

Tuesday, January 23

We’ll hear music from Accomplice One, the new release from Tommy Emmanuel featuring guest appearances from Rodney Crowell, Amanda Shires and Ricky Skaggs, plus music from guitarist Julian Lage. 

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Monday, January 8

We remember David Bowie, born on January 8, 1947 with selections from throughout his career as well as covers of his songs from Winery Dogs, Spoon, Nirvana and others. We’ll also hear music from Bowie collaborators such as Earl Slick, Reeves Gabrels and Adrian Belew. 12

Tuesday, January 9

Listen for selections from the 2017 reissue of Prince and The Revolution’s Purple Rain as well as Best of 2017 music from Andre Cymone, Bash & Pop and St. Vincent.

Wednesday, January 10

We’ll hear music from St. Vincent’s 2017 LP Masseduction plus Best of 2017 music from Aaron Lee Martin, The Replacements and Gizmodrome.

Thursday, January 11

Listen for music from Aimee Mann’s 2017 album Mental Illness as well as Bash & Pop’s Anything Could Happen.

Friday, January 12

We’ll hear music from Adrian Belew’s 1990 album Young Lions plus examples of his more recent work with Gizmodrome and the Adrian Belew Power Trio.

Saturday, January 13

What Happens Next is the brand-new album from guitarist Joe Satriani. For this latest effort, the Long Island-born musician teams with Red Hot Chili Peppers/Chicken Foot drummer Chad Smith and former Deep Purple vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes for 12 instrumental tracks. Listen for music from that recording as well as selections from Wrong Creatures the latest by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

Monday, January 15

Listen for selections from Shake The Cage, the 2017 album from singer-songwriter Freddie Nelson as well as live music from Big Star. 

Recordings For The People’s Freedom Vol. 1 with Mike Unruh and Craig Owens’ Bodo Trio’s She’s So Poplar deserve special mention as does Cleme’s Unfold. Joel Cachero’s Golden Living project issued a hefty listening experience via Autoscopy and Kyle Cramb’s The Coma Calling offered plenty for our listening pleasure as well.

Finding good music in the aforementioned crop wasn’t problematic, though finding the right category for the nature of the releases was. With more acts issuing EPs, it seemed necessary to open a category for that form as well. Releases that were 30 minutes or less in running time or presented as EPs were placed in that category while recordings with longer running times or which presented themselves as traditional albums (generally 10 or more songs, with some exceptions) landed there.

There is not a category at this time for singles, though Herd of the Huntress offered two tracks (“You Drew the Blood” and “Intersection Yellows”) to listeners this year. Sunshine Trucking brought us an A/B side effort via “Cold Woman Blues” and The T**s presented new material without the traditional album/EP structure as well.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of the local/regional music available from 2017 with recordings from Keen Kutter, Faux Reality and Tideway also available in a variety of formats.

  1. On My Way—Split Lip Rayfield
  2. Learned Behavior—Aaron Lee Martin
  3. Echo—Vehicles
  4. Tickor—Francis Moss
  5. Michael J. Engdahl’s Odisea—Michael J. Engdahl’s Odisea
  6. So Long and Thanks—Milmine
  7. Haymakers—Haymakers
  8. Return to the Earth Which You Have Borrowed—William Bloom
  9. Soul Shattered Sister—Jim Vegas
  10. Everything, Compromised—Berry

Best EPs (Releases with a running time of 30 minutes or less) 

  1. Intruder—Team Tremolo
  2. The Wichita Flag—The Wichita Flag
  3. Dik Dik Sounds—The World Palestine
  4. Tunnel Vision—Kill Vargas
  5. Waste of Kings—Bridegeist
  6. Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations—Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations
  7. Learn To Swim—The Cavves
  8. Consolation Prize—Old News
  9. When The Sun Shines—Shawn Craver
  10. Traveler—William Flynn 

  1. Gizmodrome—Gizmodrome
  2. Nexus—Virgil and Steve Howe
  3. For Those Who Came After: Songs of Resistance from the Spanish Civil War—Barbez
  4. The World of Captain Beefheart—Nona Hendryx & Gary Lucas
  5. Shake The Cage—Freddy Nelson
  6. Face—Pat Mastelotto & Markus Reuter
  7. The Subversive Nature of Kindness—Thor and Friends
  8. Blister Steel—Roselit Bone
  9. To The Bone—Steven Wilson
  10. From Silence to Somewhere—Wobbler 

  1. Trinity Lane—Lilly Hiatt
  2. Big Bad Luv—John Moreland
  3. A Long Way From Your Heart—Turnpike Troubadours
  4. Not Dark Yet—Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer
  5. Small Believer—Anna Tivel
  6. Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins—Chuck Prophet
  7. The Nashville Sound—Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit 
  8. One Go Around—Jeffrey Martin
  9. Highway Queen—Nikki Lane
  10. The Prisoner—Ryan Adams 

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.