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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September 25

13 Rivers is the latest release from Richard Thompson. Listen for selections from that recording as well as music from Neko Case’s Hell-On.

September 26

Formed in Washington, D.C. in the mid-1970s, Angel was signed to Casablanca Records, the home of the era’s biggest band, KISS. A new boxed set spotlight’s Angel’s progressive and hard rock roots. We’ll hear selections from that set as well as music from KISS guitarist Ace Frehley’s 1978 solo album, notable for the hit single, “Back In The New York Groove.”

September 27

Guitarist Marc Ribot’s latest, Songs Of Resistance 1942-2018 features contributions from Tom Waits, Steve Earle and others. Listen for music from that collection as well as Todd Rundgren’s Runt.

September 28

We celebrate the birthday of musician Ben E. King as well as hearing music from Atlanta’s Dead Now’s self-titled debut.

September 29

Listen for music from Yes’s 1973 double LP Tales From Topographic Oceans as well as from former Yes drummer Bill Bruford’s One Of A Kind.

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Judy Collins and Stephens Stills briefly dated in the late 1960s, though their relationship has endured through song. Stills' "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" has become a staple of classic rock radio and one of his quintessential compositions. Though the two had bumped into each other occasionally, they'd never found time to do sustained work until 2017.

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Tuesday, September 18

Released in 1997, Cornershop’s third album, When I Was Born For The 7th Time combined elements of Punjabi music, hip-hop and alternative rock. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as music from Richard Thompson’s 2015 release, Still.

Wednesday, September 19

We celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day with selections from Tom Waits, Clutch, Tempest and The Tallest Man On Earth.

Thursday, September 20

Young Sick Camellia is the new album from Alabama soul band St. Paul and The Broken Bones. We’ll hear selections that release on this episode as well as music from the 2005 self-titled debut from The Budos Band.

Friday, September 21

Listen for selections from Double Negative, the latest release from Low plus new music from Will Courtney’s Crazy Love.

Saturday, September 22

My Way is the latest release from Willie Nelson and is his tribute to the late Frank Sinatra. Listen for selections from it as well as from Lyle Lovett’s The Road To Ensenada.

Monday, September 24

Love, Loss, and Auto-Tune is the latest from Swamp Dogg. We’ll hear selections from it as well as Paul McCartney’s latest, Egypt Station.


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Alex Thomas is the former vocalist of the band Ophil and current vocalist of Monterey Jack. Additionally, he is owner of Lucky’s Everyday, co-owner of Kirby’s Beer Store and Barleycorn’s as well as co-owner and operator of The Cotillion Ballroom.

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Gillian Welch remains a singular voice in American music. Her songs are never rushed, developing at a pace that is haunting; her albums arrive at a similarly sparse pace, each one commanding the listener's attention as they absorb her finely crafted lyrics and otherworldly tunes.

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Rainier Fog, the latest album from Alice In Chains (and the band's third with vocalist/guitarist William DuVall), marks the first time the group has recorded in Seattle in more than 20 years. The quartet convened at Studio X (formerly Bad Animals) in the warmest months of 2017. It marked the first extended amount of time that DuVall, who came out of the Atlanta music scene, had spent in the city and the first time his bandmates—Sean Kinney, Jerry Cantrell, and Mike Inez—had recorded there since the band's acclaimed 1995 self-titled album.

And Nothing Hurt

Sep 7, 2018
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Monday, September 10

In 1971, Los Angeles’ Halfneslon released its first and only album. By the summer of 1972 the record, which was produced by Todd Rundgren, was re-released under a brand-new band name, Sparks. It would begin 40-plus-year career for the group whose solo original members remain brothers Ron and Russel Mael. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as from the collaborative release between Sparks and Scottish band Franz Ferdinand, FFS.

Tuesday, September 11

Rainier Fog is the latest album from Alice In Chains. It’s the band’s third with vocalist William DuVall and marks the first time in over 20 years that the group recorded an album in its hometown of Seattle, Washington. We’ll hear music from that release as well as selections from Richard Thompson’s 2007 disc, Sweet Warrior.

Wednesday, September 12

And Nothing Hurt is the eighth album from Spiritualized and the first from the project since 2012. Listen for music from that as well as from The Cure’s remix album, Mixed Up, which was reissued earlier this year in expanded form.

Thursday, September 13

We’ll hear music from Truth Has Legs, the latest by singer-songwriter Jenny Wood as well as selections from This Bluebird Wants Me Dead by Vehicles.

Friday, September 14

Kiss Yr Frenemies is the new release from Illuminati Hotties, the name under which musician Sarah Tudzin performs. We’ll hear music from that as well as selections from Ike Reilly’s Crooked Love effort.

Saturday, September 15

Released in 1981, Healing was Todd Rundgren’s exploration of spirituality and the human condition. We’ll hear selections from that album as well as from Mike Keneally’s Wooden Smoke.

Monday, September 17

Listen for selections from Fairport Convention’s 1968 self-titled debut album featuring guitar work from Richard Thompson and vocals from Judy Dyble. We’ll also hear music from Dyble’s latest, Earth Is Sleeping.

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Truth Has Legs is the brand-new recording from Wichita singer-songwriter Jenny Wood. The collection of songs was inspired by a variety of personal struggles and observations about the world surrounding her over the last few years. Joining Wood on this recording are drummer Will Erickson (Spirit of the Stairs, Team Tremolo), Caleb Drummond (Haymakers) and Thayne Coleman (The Travel Guide).

Wood celebrates the release of her new record, Friday, Sept. 7, at the Crown Uptown.

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Jack Chase is a carpenter, luthier, guitarist, mandolinist, budding vibraphonist and public radio enthusiast who lives in Wichita, Kansas.

“I always wanted to tear stuff apart, when I was a kid, and try to make it better. I rarely made it better but I did tear a lot of stuff apart. At some point, I started thinking, ‘Maybe I should learn how to build a guitar.’

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Wave opens this Saturday, Sept. 1, with a concert from alternative rock veterans Toadies (local act The T*ts will open). The venue, at 650 E. 2nd Street North, is the city's first large-scale open-air concert venue, but will also host indoor shows and provide a beer garden and food truck court. Upcoming shows include funk master George Clinton, electric guitar virtuoso Eric Johnson and deathcore act Whitechapel.