Jedd Beaudoin

Host/Producer

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 PopMatters.com, 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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Eighty Proof Engine celebrates the release of its adventurous new collection of songs, The Deep End this Saturday, August 25 at The Coneburg Inn in Peabody, Kansas. The band will also perform at Central Standard Brewing in Wichita on Saturday, September 1.

The band's bassist, lyricist and lead vocalist Dustin Nesser recently dropped by the KMUW studios to talk more about the band's history and this new release.

Jedd Beaudoin: How did material for this new record start coming together?

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Don't Let The Devil Ride is the latest from singer-songwriter Paul Thorn and sees the musician returning to his Southern gospel roots. The son of a preacher, Thorn had long wanted to make a gospel effort but only recently found the time and resources to do so. Working with Blind Boys of Alabama, the McCrary Sisters, the Preservation Hall Jazz Horns and Bonnie Bishop on these songs, he traveled to a variety of classic recording studios throughout the South including FAME in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Sam C. Phillips Recording studio and at the famed Preservation Hall.

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Tuesday, August 21

We remember soul, gospel and R&B legend Aretha Franklin, who passed away last week at the age of 76. We’ll hear music from throughout her career as well as selections from Mavis Staples, Bonnie Raitt, Dusty Springfield and Kira Small.

Wednesday, August 22

Listen for selections from Peter Wolf’s 2002 album Sleepless as well as music from Warren Zevon’s The Wind.

Thursday, August 23

Thank You For Today is the ninth album from Death Cab For Cutie and arrives 20 years after the band’s debut album, Something About Airplanes. We’ll hear music from that as well as from Neko Case’s latest, Hell-On.

Friday, August 24

Hawksamillion is the new release from Jody Seabody & The Whirls, listen for selections from that as well as Bee Thousand, the 1994 album from Ohio’s Guided By Voices.

Saturday, August 25

The Deep End is the new album from Kansas band Eighty Proof Engine, we’ll hear music from that as well as from John Prine’s self-titled debut album, notable for the inclusion of songs such as “Sam Stone” and “Angel From Montgomery.”

Monday, August 27

We’ll hear selections from the latest by Australia’s Bloods. Titled Feelings the music recalls the classic sounds of Sleater Kinney as well as contemporary acts such as Courtney Barnett and Soccer Mommy. Plus music from Robert Plant’s Now and Zen.

Tuesday, August 28

Banker’s Hill is the latest from acclaimed post-rock duo El Ten Eleven. Listen for selections from that as well as the Spirit of the Stairs release, Episodes.

Wednesday, August 29

Released in 2011 The Party Ain’t Over was the thirtieth studio album from rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson. Featuring contributions from members of My Morning Jacket, Afghan Whigs and produced by Jack White the collection finds Jackson covering songs by Bob Dylan, Amy Winehouse and Jimmie Rodgers. Listen for selections from that as well as from Bob Dylan’s 2006 effort, Modern Times.

Thursday, August 30

Listen for selections from Todd Snider’s Time As We Know It: The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker plus music from Twistable, Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute To The Songs Of Shel Silverstein.

Friday, August 31

We’ll hear music from Black Grapefruit’s latest, All My Relations as well as Alright, the 2018 album from singer-songwriter Jeffrey Gaines.

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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.

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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.

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