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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Paula Poundstone has been active as a standup comedian for nearly 40 years. She is a panelist on the top-rated NPR show Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! and host of the podcast Nobody Listens To Paula Poundstone. She is an author, most recently of The Totally Unscientific Study Of The Search For Human Happiness, and will perform at Wichita's Orpheum Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 13.

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Ryan Benton is the primary composer in the band Sunshine Dreamers. The band’s latest album is Stand Still.

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Tuesday, October 16

Serving as the soundtrack to the new documentary about Joan Jett, Bad Reputation, the film’s soundtrack arrives with a new song from Jett and her band the Blackhearts as well as guest appearances from members of the Sex Pistols, Bikini Kill and a new cover of The Replacements’ classic “Androgynous” featuring Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! and Miley Cyrus. Listen for selections from that release as well as new music from Cursive’s first album in six years, Vitriola.

Wednesday, October 17

Fair Enough is the latest from Seattle Band Minus The Bear. The EP maintains the group’s trademark use of electronics and futuristic sounds and recalls some of the band’s earliest work. We’ll hear selections from it as well as from Tokyo Police Club, TPC.

Thursday, October 18

C'est La Vie is the first album from Phosphorescent in five years and highlights the experiences of founding member Matthew Houck in that time, which included leaving New York City for Nashville, becoming a father and nearly dying from a life-threatening illness. We’ll hear music from that effort as well as song from Different Windows, the new effort from Smokey Delights.

Friday, October 19

Years In The Making is a new collection from singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III featuring previously unheard studio material, live radio performances and demo recordings. Listen for selections from that release as well as music from Rachel Eckroth’s When It Falls.

Saturday, October 20

Loving The Alien (1983-1988) is a new boxed set from David Bowie which spans from re-emergence into the pop world with 1983’s Let’s Dance and also includes a new production of his 1987 effort Never Let Me Down featuring longtime collaborators such as Reeves Gabrels (guitar) and Sterling Campbell (drums). We’ll hear music from across that box on this episode as well as selections from Wanderer, the latest by Cat Power.

Monday, October 22

Listen for selections from Poor Until Payday, the latest by The Reverent Peyton’s Big Damn Band as well as selections from Iron and Wine’s new EP, Weed Garden.

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Tuesday, October 9

Well Kept Thing is the latest release from post-rock outfit Foxhole. Twelve years in the making, this new effort chronicles changes in the members’ lives as they grew into their adults selves and became as a coffee shop owner, a farmer and commercial fisherman, a creative director, an admission to MIT’s Media Lab. Listen for music from that release as well songs from the band Sonna.

Wednesday, October 10

Released in 2002, Fashionably Late was Linda Thompson’s first solo recording in 17 years. Aided by her son Teddy and a host of other players, the record returned the English vocalist to the spotlight. We’ll hear music from that effort as well as from Plays Well With Others, a new boxed set chronicling Phil Collins’ time as a guest musician and producer with a range of artists including John Martyn, Robert Plant, David Crosby and Brand X.

Thursday, October 11

Pour Down Like Silver was the fourth album from Richard and Linda Thompson, recorded not long after the couple had adopted the Sufi faith. We’ll hear selections from that as well as from The Who’s 1975 effort, The Who By Numbers.

Friday, October 12

Listen for selections from Teddy Thompson’s 2011 release, Bella, as well as selections from Lindsey Buckingham’s new Solo Anthology.

Saturday, October 13

We’ll hear selections from Other Arrangements by singer-songwriter Parker Milsap as well as selections from Crowded House’s 1988 effort, Temple of Low Men.

Monday, October 15

Released in 2010 Midnight Souvenirs was the seventh solo release from J. Geils Band vocalist Peter Wolf. The record features guest appearances from Merle Haggard, Shelby Lynne and Neko Case. We’ll hear selections from it as well as from the 1974 effort from the J. Geils Band, Nightmares...and Other Tales from the Vinyl Jungle.

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Poor Until Payday is the brand new recording from Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band. The trio, which consists of the Reverend J. Peyton on guitar and lead vocals, his wife, Breezy, on the washboard, and drummer Max Senteney, has earned acclaim for its roots-oriented style, which married tradition with innovation.

The album spotlights the trio's ferocity and the Reverend's desire to write an album to lift the spirits. Reverend Peyton's Big Damn performs at Knuckleheads in Kansas City on Friday evening and at Blues, Brews & BBQ in Newton on Saturday.

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WoodFest returns to Camp Wood YMCA this Saturday in Elmdale. The festival is now in its ninth year and involves music as well as activities including art making and horse riding. Sponsored by Symphony in the Flint Hills, the event allows musicians of all skill levels to play together while others enjoy the surrounding nature and creative acts.

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Maria Elena Cuevas and her sister Tess Cuevas form the nucleus of Maria The Mexican, alongside Maria's husband, Garrett Nordstrom. Fusing elements of Americana with traditional Mexican sounds (and instrumentation), the group sings songs in both English and Spanish, arriving at a musical combination that celebrates family and heritage while moving into unfamiliar musical territory as well.

Maria The Mexican performs at Barleycorn's on Saturday, September 29 at 7 p.m.

Maria herself recently spoke with about her musical history and the future of her musical project.

Trevor Stewart is a frequent performer in Wichita. His latest project is a collection called In The Hearts of Others and features Andrew Feldman and Mark Thorstenberg. Stewart’s primary instrument is the Chapman Stick.

“A Chapman Stick is an instrument that comes from California, invented in the late ‘60s. You play it just by tapping the strings. You don’t have to strum or pick the strings. You just tap right on ‘em. It has two six-string guitars on one big fretboard. There’s no body like on an electric guitar.

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Todd Rundgren's current tour, An Unpredictable Evening With Todd Rundgren, arrives at The Cotillion on Friday, Sept. 28. The current run of gigs happens before Rundgren, who has produced albums by everyone from Grand Funk Railroad and Psychedelic Furs while maintaining a prolific solo output, travels to Iceland for two dates in tribute to David Bowie featuring the late musician's former collaborator Adrian Belew as well as Fishbone's Angelo Moore. (The group will have a Los Angeles preview on Oct. 3.)

So, what does An Unpredictable Evening With Todd Rundgren mean?

Love Is Magic

Sep 27, 2018
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Monday, October 1

Building The Sun is the new album from Gooding. Produced by Matt Wallace (Faith No More, The Replacements), the album continues Gooding’s tradition of first-rate songs that walk the delicate balance between pop and rock. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as from Critical Equation, the latest by Dr. Dog. We’ll remember Jefferson Airplane co-founder Marty Balin, who died Friday at age 76.

Tuesday, October 2

Love Is Magic is the first album in three years from singer-songwriter John Grant and features the Michigan native’s usual flourishes of dark humor and reflections on love and masculinity. Listen for selections from this release as well as Prince’s Piano And A Microphone 1983.

Wednesday, October 3

Listen for selections from Bootlegger’s Choice, the latest from Southern Culture On The Skids as well as music from Split Lip Rayfield’s Never Make It Home.

Thursday, October 4

Billy Gibbons is a founding member of ZZ Top who steps out on his own for the album The Big Bad Blues (under the name Billy F. Gibbons). We’ll hear music from that record as well as from Paul Gilbert’s Behold: Electric Guitar.

Friday, October 5

It’s Our New Month, New Music feature: Before there was Drive-By Truckers, there was Adam’s House Cat, the band featuring Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, who serve as the core writers in DBT. Adam’s House Cat was on its way to national acclaim and had recorded an album when the group abruptly broke up in 1990. The group’s recordings are available for the first time as Town Burned Down. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as music from Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit’s new effort, Live From The Ryman.

Saturday, October 6

An American Treasure is a new set featuring a variety of outtakes, live songs and hits from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. We’ll hear selections from it on this episode as well as music from Muse’s 2001 release, Origin Of Symmetry.

Monday, October 8

Listen for music from False Flag’s Celestial Download as well as Get By from The Cavves.