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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Dave Mason was a founding member of the English rock band Traffic. During his on-again/off-again period with that group, he penned the song "Feelin' Alright," which has become his most enduring composition. After leaving Traffic for good in the late 1960s, he embarked upon a successful solo career, notable for his 1977 hit, "We Just Disagree," which was penned by Jim Krueger. He continued to have solo hits into the 1980s, then became a member of Fleetwood Mac during the following decade.

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Steve Cropper is a founding member of both Booker T. & the M.G.'s as well as The Blues Brothers. He was a central figure at the legendary Memphis R&B/soul label, Stax, where he worked in a variety of capacities, including as a writer, earning a credit on Otis Redding's classic, "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay."

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Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy issues its new album, Gnosis, on July 4. The record is a succinct portrait of the Kansas band at this moment in time. Fusing elements of jazz, traditional roots music and adding some additional experimental threads, the record is another step in the group's evolution.

Founding member, guitarist and vocalist Jarrod Starling recently discussed the album's origins and the decade-plus the band has spent as a recording, performing and touring entity.

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Tuesday, July 3

Best known for his work with technical heavy metal acts such as Dysrhythmia and Gorguts, guitarist Kevin Hufnagel has just issued the album Messages To The Past, a collection of meditative guitar instrumentals featuring only guitar. We’ll hear music from that recording plus Hufnagel’s work with the project Byla on the 2007 release Viscera featuring former Swans vocalist Jarboe.

Wednesday, July 4

We celebrate Independence Day with selections from X, Yes, Kansas and more.

Thursday, July 5

Look Together is the new release from Wild Moccasins. Listen for music from that effort as well as from the latest by Let’s Eat Grandma.

Friday, July 6

It’s our New Month, New Music feature with songs from the latest by Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy, Gnosis as well as selections from Kamasi Washington’s Heaven and Earth.

Saturday, July 7

Released in 1982, Songs of the Free is the third LP from British postpunk band Gang Of Four. We’ll hear songs from that release as well as from the Cocteau Twins’ effort from the same year, Garlands.

Monday, July 9

Blue Bell Knoll is the 1988 release from Scotland’s Cocteau Twins. Listen for music from that recording as well as from Thomas Dolby’s 1982 record, The Golden Age of Wireless.

Tuesday, July 10

Released in 1983, Points On A Curve introduced Wang Chung to the world via the hit “Dance Hall Days.” We’ll hear selections from that release as well as The Hurting, the 1983 disc from Tears For Fears.

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The Goodbye Road tour is a collaborative effort between the husband and wife duo JOHNNYSWIM, Drew Holcomb (Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors) and the duo Penny & Sparrow. Goodbye Road is the name of the debut EP which saw Holcomb team with JOHNNYSWIM's Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez. Sudano had known Holcomb's wife while the two were in high school which ultimately led to a friendship with the acclaimed singer-songwriter.

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Released in 1987, Shore Leave is the sole album from Yung Wu, featuring members of venerable New Jersey indie giants The Feelies. Led by that outfit’s percussionist Dave Weckerman (vocals) and featuring Glenn Mercer and Bill Million (guitars), Brenda Sauter (bass) and Stan Demeski (drums), Yung Wu featured the exact lineup as the sophomore release from The Feelies, The Good Earth and the lineup the group employs today. Additionally John Baumgartner from Speed The Plow and the Trypes joined in the sessions on keyboards. The result is a record that differs enough from The Feelies to stand on its own and yet manages to capture enough of that outfit’s spirit to appeal to its stalwart fans.

Comprised of Weckerman originals and three covers (one from Phil Manzanera, one from Neil Young and one from the Rolling Stones), Shore Leave is back in print thanks to Bar/None records.

Weckerman spoke with KMUW from his home in New Jersey.

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Nora Jane Struthers' 2017 release Champion solidified the reputation that the Nashville-based singer-songwriter had built on a series of prior releases under her own name that stretches back to her 2010 self-titled release. Struthers and her band will perform at the Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine on Sunday, July 1.

What was the early path in your career? Did you start off doing open mic nights and graduate to touring and recording?

Phil Nicholls.

Sarah McQuaid’s latest release is If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous. The record marks a few milestones in the veteran guitarist/vocalist’s career. It marks the first time she’s played electric guitar on a recording and the first time she’s used piano on an LP as well. Produced by acclaimed guitarist Michael Chapman, the record highlights the brilliance of McQuaid’s compositions as well as her singular playing.

An author and expert on the Irish DADGAD tuning, McQuaid has live performances book through the end of this year. Learn more about her here:

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Tuesday, June 26

How To Be Okay Alone is the new release from singer-songwriter Brent Cowles. Cowles is a former member of the Colorado band You Me & Apollo and has been generating major critical buzz with his new solo effort. We’ll hear selections from it plus music from Life Is Good On The Open Road, the new LP from Minnesota’s Trampled By Turtles.

Wednesday, June 27

Passwords is the sixth LP from California band Dawes. The record continues the tradition of emphasizing lead singer Taylor Goldsmith’s powerful and emotive writing. We’ll hear music from it as well as selections from the latest by Nine Inch Nails, Bad Witch.

Thursday, June 28

God’s Favorite Customer is the latest release from Father John Misty, the name under which former Fleet Foxes member Joshua Tillman performs. Listen for selections from that release as well as music from Sparkle Hard, the latest by Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks.

Friday, June 29

Nivalis is the latest release from the Icelandic band Árstíðir (English pronunciation: Seasons). The group combines elements of folk, classical and a variety of other genres in its unique approach. We’ll hear selections from the LP Nivalis on this episode as well as new music from Paul McCartney.

Saturday, June 30

Released in 1983 Speaking In Tongues became the commercial breakthrough for Talking Heads. Listen for music from it as well as a preview of our July featured artists, Low Cut Connie and Lake Street Dive.

Monday, July 2

Listen for music from Lake Street Dive’s latest, Free Yourself Up plus music from Low Cut Connie’s 2011 debut, Get Out the Lotion.

Erick Riedell

Erick Riedell is a lifelong record collector and music enthusiast in addition to being co-host of the podcast Voodoo8ball with Aaron Cross. Riedell lives with his family in Wichita.