A Musical Life

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

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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.

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. 

Chris Fox is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Newman University in Wichita. He grew up in the Seattle music scene of the 1980s and 1990s, recording with the band Bitter End and, later, in Memphis with The Also. He has toured with former Queensryche vocalist Geoff Tate and continues to play bass when he can.

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Will Erickson plays with a variety of musical projects including The Travel Guide, Twin Cities, and Jenny Wood Band. He plays drums in each of those projects but handles guitar duties in Team Tremolo.


Charisse Kahler is a native of Michigan who has lived in a variety of cities and states. For more than a decade she and her husband Steve have performed as The Kahlers.

My concept of songwriting is that the best ones are handed to you, as John Lennon once said, on a flaming pie.

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“I play bass in the roots-rock band North Platte. I’ve played bass nearly my whole life. I started in fourth grade in elementary school when they first introduced the option and just followed it all the way through school. I laid low for a few years after school but have been playing regularly for the last five or six years again.

Michael Evancho is a solo musician who has more than a decade of experience writing and recording music. He was one part of the band Darlin’ Maudie with his brother Nick. He lives in Wichita with his wife, Danielle.

Tyler Grubb plays mandolin and trombone in Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy. He lives in Wichita when he’s not touring the United States (or elsewhere) with the band. Here, he discusses his relationship with the mandolin.

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Jordan Bollig plays electric and upright bass in a variety of musical settings including Cherokee Maidens. He plays electric guitar in The Banned and teaches at both Wichita State University and School of Rock.

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Mike Coykendall’s latest recording is Half Past Present Pending. A native of Norwich, Kansas he has been recording music since the 1980s with acts such as Klyde Konnor, The Old Joe Clarks and as a member of M. Ward’s band. He has recorded with or engineered albums for acts such as Blitzen Trapper, She and Him, Richmond Fontaine and others. He lives in Portland, Oregon. This segment features elements from an interview recorded in 2013.

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