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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Wednesday, August 15

Listen for selections from new and recent releases by Tami Neilson, Horne + Holt, The Magpie Salute and a re-recording of David Bowie’s “Zeroes.”

Thursday, August 16

Released in 1993, Frosting On The Beater was the third album from Seattle power pop outfit The Posies. We’ll hear music from that collection plus selections from Columbia: Live At Missouri University, the 1993 album from the reunited Memphis band Big Star. The group’s remaining members, Jody Stephens and Alex Chilton, recruited Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer of The Posies for what was thought to be a one-time reunion but lasted until Chilton’s death in 2010.

Friday, August 17

With their band Knest on a hiatus, guitarist Jonathan Horne and classically-trained cellist Randall Holt began experimenting with improvisational techniques. The result is Wires, their debut album, which explores the possibilities of both their respective instruments across a series of compositions that the pair see as tone poems. We’ll hear music from that release as well as selections from High And Lonesome With The Excuses, the new release from veteran singer-songwriter John Eberly and his band The Excuses.

Saturday, August 18

Listen for music from Led Zeppelin, Jeff Buckley with Gary Lucas and new music from Galen Ayers.

Monday, August 20

We celebrate the 70th birthday of vocalist Robert Plant with selections from his work with Led Zeppelin and as a solo artist. Plus music from Jimmy Page with The Black Crowes, Sam Phillips and Stone Temple Pilots.

Danny Clinch

In early 2017 Old Crow Medicine Show celebrated signing with the Columbia label by issuing a live, track-by-track re-recording of Bob Dylan's classic 1966 LP Blonde On Blonde. The band had tapped acclaimed producer Dave Cobb to helm their next studio album, but Cobb issued a specific if somewhat unusual directive to the band, which visits the Stiefel Theatre on Thursday, Aug. 16.

Robert Plant turns 70 on Monday, August 20, and Global Village and Strange Currency are teaming up to celebrate. Tune in from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. for three hours of music from Robert Plant, Led Zeppelin and other Plant projects, and notable covers. 

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Mark Shelton, founding member and leader of the band Manilla Road, died on July 26 at age 60 while on tour with the band in Europe.

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Thursday, August 9

Among The Ghosts is the new release from Memphis, Tennessee band Lucero. The record, which has been described as filled with “soulful rock and ragged country” is the band’s ninth. We’ll hear selections from it as well as music from the Grateful Dead’s Anthem of the Sun.

Friday, August 10

To The Sunset is the new release from singer-songwriter Amanda Shires. Featuring songs about working class families and matters of the heart. It also features contributions from Shires’ huband, Jason Isbell. We’ll hear selections from To The Sunset as well as Isbell’s Sirens of the Ditch.

Saturday, August 11

Live In Vienna captures legendary progressive rock band King Crimson live in concert in December 2016. Listen for music from that release as well as Daryl Hall’s Sacred Songs featuring contributions from Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp.

Monday, August 13

Dreamland, released in 2002, was Robert Plant’s seventh album and first after nearly a decade break from recording as a solo act. The covers-intensive record features songs originally recorded by Tim Buckley, Moby Grape and others. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as from Tim Buckley’s 1966 self-titled debut.

Tuesday, August 14

We celebrate the 67th birthday of former Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap with selections from his work as a solo artist, as a member of The Replacements and with artists such as Curtiss A. Plus music from Hank Williams, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and more.

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I was born to play music that heals and soothes people. Took me a while to come to that irrevocable conclusion but I’m really blessed.

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Wednesday, August 1

After the death Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham in 1980, Robert Plant was initially unsure that he’d continue with a career in music. But by 1982 the singer had delivered his first solo album, Pictures At Eleven, featuring drumming work from both Phil Collins of Genesis and journeyman musician Cozy Powell. Although the LP would not rise to the commercial heights Plant had experienced with Led Zeppelin, it did set the tone for an enduring and adventurous career. We’ll hear selections from that recording on this episode plus music from On Stage, the 1977 album from Rainbow. That band was founded by former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and in the iteration heard on this recording featured keyboardist Tony Carey, drummer Cozy Powell and vocalist Ronnie James Dio as well as future Dio bassist Jimmy Bain.

Thursday, August 2

 Released in 1993, Frosting On The Beater was the third album from Seattle power pop outfit The Posies. We’ll hear music from that collection plus selections from Columbia: Live At Missouri University, the 1993 album from the reunited Memphis band Big Star. The group’s remaining members, Jody Stephens and Alex Chilton, recruited Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer of The Posies for what was thought to be a one-time reunion but lasted until Chilton’s death in 2010.

Friday, August 3

It’s our New Month, New Music feature. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s guitarist and composer Robert Poss was a member of Band of Susans, a group that combined elements of rock and experimental/orchestral music. Since then he’s continued to compose adventurous music, including pieces for dance ensembles. He’s collected a variety of those pieces on his new LP, Frozen Flowers Curse The Day. We’ll hear music from that as well as selections from Horne + Holt, the instrumental duo of experimental guitarist Jonathan F. Horne and classically-trained cellist Randall Holt. Plus new selections from Paul Collins, The Magpie Salute, Neko Case and more.

Saturday, August 4

Listen for music from Fox Confessor Brings The Flood, the 2006 release from singer-songwriter Neko Case plus selections from Robert Plant’s 1983 effort, The Principle of Moments.

Monday, August 6

Brief Sensuality and Western Violence is the latest in a series of reissues from former Melvins bassist Mark Deutrom. Initially issued in 2013, it is Deutrom’s fifth overall solo effort and arrives ahead of a brand-new record available later in 2018. We’ll hear selections from Brief Sensuality and Western Violence plus music from Crisis Casanova.

Tuesday, August 7

Wild! Wild! Wild! is the new release from Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis, the younger sister of rock legend Jerry Lee Lewis. Listen for selections from it plus High Water I, the new studio release from The Magpie Salute, featuring Rich Robinson and Marc Ford formerly of The Black Crowes.

Wednesday, August 8

Lamp Lit Prose is the latest from The Dirty Projectors we’ll hear music from that release as well as from John Prine’s The Tree Of Forgiveness.

Andrew Hemingway

David Upp performs under the name The Greatest View and arrives in Wichita on July 31 for a performance at Barleycorn's. He spoke via phone recently about The Greatest View's origins and evolution.

What was the initial idea behind the music and presentation of The Greatest View?

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Thursday, July 26

Monument is the new album from singer-songwriter Galen Ayers. Following the death of her father, Kevin Ayers (an original member of the progressive rock band Soft Machine), she retreated to Greek island of Hydra and began writing a series of songs that reflected her grief and her evolving sense of self. We’ll hear selections from Monument as well as material from her father’s final album, 2007’s Unfairground, which features contributions from cohorts such as Robert Wyatt and Phil Manzanera plus Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub and Julian Koster of Neutral Milk Hotel.

Friday, July 27

Listen for selections from Tin Machine II, the 1991 sophomore effort from the band Tin Machine featuring David Bowie, Reeves Gabrels as well as Hunt and Tony Sales. Plus music from A Night In Amnesia, a collaboration between Gabrels and fellow guitarist David Tronzo, who Gabrels once described as bridging the distance between Louisiana roots musician Sonny Landreth and avant garde player Sonny Sharock.

Saturday, July 28

We’ll hear music from Tim Buckley’s 1970 effort, Starsailor plus music from his son Jeff’s posthumous release Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk.

Monday, July 30

We’ll hear music from Randy Newman’s 1968 self-titled album plus selections from Eric Clapton’s 1983 effort Money and Cigarettes.

Tuesday, July 31

We’ll preview our August features, Neko Case and Robert Plant.

Dean Karr

Founded in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1982, Corrosion of Conformity arrived at the intersection of punk rock and heavy metal. In an era when new hybrids of both genres were being hatched, Corrosion of Conformity proved itself to be an act that championed rock's independent spirit. The outfit's 1984 debut, Eye For an Eye remains a must-listen for fans of either genre. It also cemented the musical partnership between guitarist Woody Weatherman, bassist Mike Dean and drummer Reed Mullin, all of whom are in the current Corrosion lineup.