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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Tuesday, May 9

The Grateful Dead performed many legendary shows across the band’s career but the San Francisco unit’s performance at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York on May 8, 1977 remains the stuff of legend with hardcore Dead fans declaring it one of the all-time best from the group. We’ll hear selections from the newly-released three-disc set from that show as well as music from guitarist Thurston Moore’ s new album Rock ‘n’ Roll Consciousness.

Wednesday, May 10

Kevin Wildt

Twenty-First Century Projects is a new collaboration between Wichita musicians and the Friends University Ballet. The project brings together rock band Spirit of the Stairs, composer Von Hansen and a string quartet led by cellist Susan Mayo. According to Mayo, it was Friends University Ballet Director Stan Rogers who conceived this new project.

Sandlin Gaither

Trent Wagler and his bandmates in the Virginia-based outfit The Steel Wheels have earned a reputation as a band steeped in folk music tradition. But the group’s new album, Wild As We Came Here, departs from that tradition in places and even from the group’s own established sound.

Nate Burrell

Singer-songwriter Scott H. Biram has toured both inside and outside the United States, made critically acclaimed albums and has been nominated for a number of awards.

With a new album out and a string of successful concerts behind him this spring, Biram is still largely absent from one venue: the FM dial.

Craig “Twister” Steward has been playing and recording music on a local and global scale for decades. He record a number of songs with Frank Zappa and appears on albums such as Joe’s Garage, The Man From Utopia and You Are What You Is. He is a consistent presence in the Wichita music scene and frequently appears at Zappa-related events throughout Europe.

“I was a gymnast in high school. My music is an extension of my sport career. I was a tumbler and my solos have a lot to do with my tumbling routines.

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Monday, May 1

Old Crow Medicine show has a long history with Bob Dylan. The legendary singer received co-writing credit on the band’s first major single, “Wagon Wheel” and, now, to celebrate 50 years of his classic album Blonde on Blonde, Old Crow Medicine Show has covered the release in its entirety. Listen for selections from 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde plus selections from the brand new release from the Mark Lanegan Band’s latest, Gargoyle.

Tuesday, May 2

Tuesday, April 18

We’ll remember guitar legend Allan Holdsworth, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 70. We’ll hear selections from his work with the bands U.K., Bruford, and Soft Machine in addition to work from his decades-spanning solo career.

Wednesday, April 19

Kendall Wohaska

Scott Taylor is a drummer who is part of an ongoing live series highlighting improvised music, A Series For The People’s Freedom, focusing on Kansas-based musicians. The collective releases music as Recordings for the People’s Freedom.

“The whole idea is that we play shows in a place that has very few constructs. We don’t need to play in time if we don’t want to. Basically, no rules.

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“The idea of it being a real band seemed pretty farfetched,” says Dan Dixon of Atlanta’s PLS PLS (pronounced Please Please). The group has just issued a new full-length album, Jet Black and is undertaking its first major tour. Since its inception, circa 2012, PLS PLS has mostly gigged in the Atlanta area, focusing on writing, recording and the occasional video project.

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Blues Traveler celebrates its thirtieth year as a band in 2017. Founding members Chan Kinchla and John Popper have known each other since their teen years in Princeton, New Jersey. Kinchla says that the band's longevity in part comes down to the bonds the band members forged in those early years.

“When you’ve known each other since you’ve were 13-14, there’s a lot of bonds that go a little deeper than when you meet people in your twenties,” the guitarist says. “So if there’s friction or something like, we have that relationship to fall back on.”

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