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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When Mike Zito was growing up in St. Louis, he knew he wanted to be a professional musician, and he knew that one job would grant him access to some of his favorite players in the city: working in a music store.

“All of the musicians in town came to that store, so I was really fortunate," he says. "I met all these great musicians, and how to play music for a living, how to get out and do gigs.”

From there, Zito focused on learning as many different styles of music as he could.

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Judy Collins and Stephen Stills have known each other since the late 1960s when they were musically and then romantically involved. Stills and Collins are currently on their first-ever collaborative tour and will release their first album in September.

Collins remembers meeting Stills around the time that his first major band, Buffalo Springfield, had broken up in early 1968. Had one or two pieces of their individual careers worked out differently, we could be celebrating the duo's 50th anniversary as a recording act.

Ken White is primarily known as a guitarist, though he plays mandolin and banjo as well. His regular gig is with The Cherokee Maidens, though he is also a member of Nouveau Quintet.

“I would say that I prepared myself to be a sideman. That meant a lot of things: Being prepared to improvise in any musical style, any musical instrument. I really made a point of trying to serve the song and the singer, so anytime I got a call I never really knew exactly what I was stepping into but I felt like I had something to add. That’s kind of what I worked on.

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The band Berry has roots that stretch to virtually all corners of the United States. The band formed in Martha's Vineyard, spent time in Chicago, and has scattered members to New York, Arizona and even Wichita.

In some ways, Berry isn't as much a band as an ongoing friendship.

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When Oklahoma-based musician John Moreland released the album High On Tulsa Heat in 2015, he was still largely known outside the region he called home. When his latest recording, Big Bad Luv, arrived earlier this year, it was met with a flood of critical praise in top-tier press outlets.

There have been other changes in Moreland's life: He's gotten married and hired a touring band rather than playing solo acoustic sets. There’s also more: The singer-songwriter says that despite still spending much of his time on the road, he feels like he has stronger roots now.

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Tuesday, August 1

Everything Now is the brand-new release from Arcade Fire, we’ll hear music from that recording on this episode of the show as well as selections from the latest by Broken Social Scene, Hug of Thunder.

Wednesday, August 2

Listen for music from IV, the brand new recording by Psychic Temple, the project of musician Chris Schlarb. He’s joined on this recording by Terry Reid, Avi Buffalo and many others. We’ll also hear new music from the band Japanese Breakfast.

Thursday, August 3

California Guitar Trio continues its tradition of melding original and classic material. The international group (with no members residing in California) has recently released a new album, Komorebi, which features material ranging from the Beach Boys and Beatles to Dave Brubeck. Listen for material from that recording as well as selections from Mike Keneally’s 2001 effort Wooden Smoke.

Friday, August 4

It’s our New Month, New Music feature with selections from Lana Del Ray, Violent Femmes, Arcade Fire, The National and Guided By Voices.

Saturday, August 5

Joe Bonamassa has released nearly 20 live albums, the latest of which is an acoustic set captured at Carnegie Hall. We’ll hear music from that recording as well as selections from the new live recording by the band Spain.

Monday, August 7

Learned Behavior is the newest release from singer-songwriter Aaron Lee Martin. Listen for selections from it as well as music from Spain’s 2016 album Carolina.

Tuesday, August 8

When Memphis, Tennessee musician Chris Bell died in late 1978 he probably had little idea how large a musical legacy he was leaving behind. He’d formed the group Big Star in the early 1970s with teen idol Alex Chilton, then left the group after one album. From there he drifted, writing songs and working at his father’s restaurant. He cut several songs in the 1970s, hoping that he’d land a record deal but to no avail. It was only in 1992 that the Rykodisc label issued I Am The Cosmos, a collection of songs he’d recorded, that Bell’s music saw release as an album. We’ll hear selections from that 1992 effort on this episode of the show as well as music from Big Star’s seminal #1 Record.

Wednesday, August 9

Barefoot In The Head is the latest release from the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, the band led by former Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson. Drawing on a diverse range of influences, including the Grateful Dead, Robinson revisits classic soul and psychedelic sounds on this album, which we’ll hear from on this episode of the show. Plus music from former Black Crowes guitarist Marc Ford’s 2014 album Holy Ghost.

Thursday, August 10

Inspired by the seemingly disparate sounds of the classic Cowboy Junkies album The Trinity Session and John Lee Hooker’s sole album for the jazz-focused Impulse! label, Josh Haden forged the “slowcore” sound of the 1990s with his band Spain. We’ll hear from all three acts on this edition of Strange Currency.

Piper Lou-Reneé is a singer-songwriter based in Hutchinson, Kansas, who has released several albums, including 2016’s Regards, Girl.  

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Robert Cray and producer/legendary drummer Steve Jordan have made five albums together to date. For their latest collaboration, they decided they wanted to do something a bit different.

One night, Jordan sent a simple email: “I’ve got it: Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm.”

Thursday, July 20

We celebrate Carlos Santana’s 70th birthday with selections from his work as a solo artist, sideman and leader of the band Santana.

Friday, July 21

Listen for selections from The Coma Calling’s The Forever Switch plus music from Standing In The Colour.

Saturday, July 22

Released in late 1973, Band on the Run was the third album from Paul McCartney and Wings, though most of the band had quit just before recording began. With the former Beatle playing many of the instruments himself, he was joined only by his wife, Linda, and longtime Wings member Denny Laine. We’ll hear selections from Band on the Run on this episode as well as selections from George Harrison’s Cloud Nine release.

Monday, July 24

Although Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney had intended to make a collaborative album in the late 1980s, the two split songs from joint songwriting sessions. McCartney took pieces the pair had composed to his Flowers in the Dirt release while Costello recorded the album Spike, which featured the pair’s “Veronica,” a song that would become a hit for the Costello. Listen for selections from both releases on this episode.

Tuesday, July 25

Listen for selections from the recently reissued Purple Rain album from Prince & The Revolution as well as selections from LCD Soundsystem, The War on Drugs and others.

Wednesday, July 26

Live At The Love Song is the latest release from the band Spain. Led by Josh Haden, the band’s trademark “slowcore” sound remains intact on this new in-concert recording which features guest appearances from Bill Frisell and Haden’s sister, Petra. Listen for selections from effort as well as songs from That Dog’s Totally Crushed Out! LP.

Thursday, July 27

2 Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged is the latest release from Violent Femmes. Formed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin more than 35 years ago, the trio revisits its classic material such as “Blister in the Sun,” “Jesus Walking on the Water” and “Country Death Song” in stripped down form. We’ll hear selections from this release as well as material from the latest from Luther and Cody Dickinson’s North Mississippi Allstars, Prayer For Peace.

Friday, July 28

For his latest album venerable blues and soul guitarist and vocalist Robert Cray traveled to famed Memphis studio Royal to record a series of covers and originals, emerging with a record that spotlights the purity of his voice and guitar work. We’ll hear selections from that effort plus material from Moreland & Arbuckle’s Promised Land or Bust.

Saturday, July 29

The Winery Dogs brings together guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen with his former bandmate in Mr. Big, bassist Billy Sheehan. They’re joined by drum legend Mike Portnoy in a band that marries soul, jazz fusion and progressive rock. We’ll hear material from across the group’s three major releases as well as songs from The Beatles, Paul McCartney and George Harrison.

Monday, July 31

We close out our July Prince and Paul McCartney feature while previewing the our August feature: The music of Aaron Lee Martin and the band Spain, led by Josh Haden. Haden is the son of jazz legend Charlie Haden. Spain marries the Americana sounds of Canadian outfit Cowboy Junkies with blues, rock and jazz. 

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In early 2016, folk musician John McCutcheon was sidelined from live performances by a serious illness. Unable to tour, he decided to use his time at home to write a series of new songs. With his own health on his mind and the passing of his father in 2014, McCutcheon had some serious matters on his mind. The songs that appear on the resulting album, Trolling for Dreams aren’t all dark manner and ruminations on life’s cruelties. And yet McCutcheon couldn’t help but think about some of those matters over the last few years.