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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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.

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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.

Billy Carr is a Wichita-based musician who has played drums in a number of bands including the country music band Sunshine Trucking. He is also the singer-songwriter behind the project Big Plans For Tomorrow.

“In the apartment days of my twenties, which were not very good days for being a drummer, I went to a pawn shop and bought a cheap acoustic just so I had something around the house to work on. Then I slowly started upgrading my equipment and slowly getting more involved in songwriting.

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Wednesday, July 18

Science Fiction is the solo debut album from Tom Bailey, known for his work throughout the 1980s with The Thompson Twins, a band that scored Top 40 hits with songs such as “Doctor! Doctor!” “Hold Me Now” and “King For A Day.” We’ll hear selections from that release as well as music from the 1985 Thompson Twins set, Here’s To Future Days.

Thursday, July 19

Released in 1978, Real Life is the debut album from the band Magazine, led by former Buzzcocks member Howard Devoto. The record is frequently viewed as one of the first in the British postpunk movement. We’ll hear music from it as well as selections from Wire’s 1977 set Pink Flag.

Friday, July 20

Released in 1984 The Flat Earth is the sophomore release from British musician Thomas Dolby. We’ll hear selections from it as well as Mental Notes, the 1975 debut album from New Zealand’s Split Enz.

Saturday, July 21

SASSAFRASS! is the latest release from Canadian-born singer-songwriter Tami Neilson. Since relocating to New Zealand roughly a decade ago, Neilson has moved beyond her Americana roots to cover a distinct range of styles many of which can be heard on this new effort which tackles a number of important social and emotional issues in its lyrics. Listen for music from this recording plus songs from the latest by Cowboy Junkies.

Monday, July 23

Listen for selections from Jon Regen’s Stop Time LP, featuring Davey Faragher and Pete Thomas of Elvis Costello and The Imposters as well as John Hiatt’s mid-1990s release Walk On.

Tuesday, July 24

Listen for selections from Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon as well as music from Jethro Tull.

Wednesday, July 25

Listen for music from Sufjan Stevens’ 2003 release, Michigan as well as from Cat Stevens’ Tea For The Tillerman.

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Willis Alan Ramsey has, to date, released one album. Issued on Shelter Records in 1972, his self-titled debut remains a high water mark in the pantheon of American singer-songwriter albums. The 11 songs that comprise the record speak volumes about the artist's maturity and breadth of musical and lyrical interests.

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Formed more than 30 years ago in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, The Jayhawks have undergone something of a career renaissance in recent years. After an ill-fated reunion with founding member Mark Olson came to an end around 2012, the band soon found its footing again and completed a reissue campaign that expanded on some classic albums it made into the early 2000s. Then, in 2016, came Paging Mr. Proust, a lean and imaginative album that saw the outfit taking some of the biggest musical risks of its career.

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Wednesday, July 11

Released in 1982, Hot Space was a marked departure for British band Queen. The record was heavily influenced by the dance music that vocalist Freddie Mercury was hearing at nightclubs in New York City and muted some of the band’s signature guitar and vocal harmonies in favor of something more urban and contemporary. We’ll hear music from Hot Space as well as selections from July featured artists Low Cut Connie and Lake Street Dive.

Thursday, July 12

 Listen for music from Queen’s 1977 effort, News Of The World.

Friday, July 13

Backroads and Abandoned Motels is the latest LP from The Jayhawks and is largely comprised of songs that the band’s Gary Louris co-wrote with other artists, including a handful of tunes composed with the Dixie Chicks. We’ll hear selections from that as well as music from Ray Davies’ Our Country: Americana Act II featuring The Jayhawks as his backing band.

Saturday, July 14

 Listen for music from Heaven and Earth, the latest by Kamasi Washington as well as selections from Gnosis, the new release by Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy.

Monday, July 16

Issued in 1996, Made To Be Broken is the sophomore release from Soul Asylum. The record bridges the distance between the band’s origins as a punk rock outfit (its original name was Loud Fast Rules) and the melodic rock band it would become. We’ll hear music from Made To Be Broken as well as selections from The Jayhawks’ Tomorrow The Green Grass.

Tuesday, July 17

 Listen for music from Act Like You Know from King James and The Special Men as well as selections from Hawk’s Bomb Pop.

Carla Venable is a guitarist and vocalist and founding member of Women Without Purses, a band that she has been with since the early 1990s. Along the way group has issued three CDs and performed numerous live shows, including an opening slot for Janis Ian.

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After years fronting a heavy metal band, Dusty Grant decided to try his hand at solo acoustic performances in 2017. A year later, Grant is issuing a new video for the song "Done So Much" and has busied himself with a variety of live performances including a recent tour with Sprout The Anti-Hero of the band Screaming Red Mutiny.

Grant debuts his new video this Saturday, July 7, at The Elbow Room.

You've been doing this solo acoustic thing for about a year?