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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A classic from Gilbert and Sullivan, lesser known works from F. Scott Fitzgerald, and an Agatha Christie mystery are all on tap this week.

Formed in 1979 by brothers Bob (guitar) and Tommy (bass) Stinson, guitarist/vocalist Paul Westerberg, and drummer Chris Mars, The Replacements became a band on the fast track to success. By 1980 the group had a contract with the local Twin/Tone label and, by late 1981, its first album.

Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Carlos Santana have long admired Peter Green’s playing and B.B. King once said that there was only one guitarist who gave him “the cold sweats.” Born October 29, 1946, Green would found one of the most successful rock bands of all time, leave behind stardom as part of a spiritual quest, and see his legacy swell in his prolonged absence from the spotlight.

See the full list of Mary Jane Teall Award winners.

It’s been said that politics and religion don’t mix but both are present on area stages in the coming weeks.

  1. Lambo Doors ­­Spirit of the Stairs (6)
  2. Charmer­­ Aimee Mann (5)
  3. The Condensed 21st Century Guide To King Crimson ­­King Crimson
  4. Mystic Pinball­­ John Hiatt (4)
  5. The Story of Light­­ Steve Vai (4)
  6. Treatment Bound: Ukulele Tribute to The Replacements­­ Bright Little Field
  7. Django Django­­ Django Django
  8. The Sound of the Life of the Mind­­ Ben Folds Five
  9. Thumbsucker­­ Jenny Wood
  10. Firefly ­­The Wonder Revolution

  1. Tempest ­­Bob Dyla
  2. Charmer ­­Aimee Mann
  3. Lambo Doors ­­Spirit of the Stairs
  4. Domesticated ­­Spirit of the Stairs
  5. Mystic Pinball ­­John Hiatt
  6. OST: Lawless ­­Various Artists
  7. Family ­­The Cast of Cheers
  8. Django Django ­­Django Django
  9. Firefly ­­The Wonder Revolution
  10. The Forgotten Arm ­­Aimee Mann

Wichita's James Paul is a solo musician but he can claim deep support from some fellow performing artists--his family.

It's easy to hear some musical influences in Wichita singer-songwriter James Paul's music. Gospel and soul are clear touchstones. But there are also touches of folk and country music, elements, he says, that came from two of his biggest direct influences, his mother and father.

Formed nearly a decade ago in Wichita, Spirit of the Stairs has consistently evolved in unexpected but always fascinating ways. From its earliest days as a guitarless trio to its current incarnation as a guitar-heavy quintet, the all-instrumental ensemble has never disappointed.

  1. Lambo Doors­­ Spirit of the Stairs (Independent)

  2. Charmer ­­Aimee Mann Charmer (Super Ego)

  3. Silver Age­­ Bob Mould (Merge)

  4. Between the Ditches­­ Reverend Peyton¹s Big Damn Band (Side One Dummy)

  5. Apologies ­­David Ramirez

  6. Tempest­­ Bob Dylan (Columbia)

  7. A Thing Called Divine Fits (Merge)

  8. OST: Lawless­­ Various Artists (Sony)

  9. Ringmaster General­­ Dave Stewart (Surfdog)

  10. Firefly­­ The Wonder Revolu

Patti Smith was America’s first punk poet. Influenced by beat writers such as Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs as much as by rock and roll and classic literature­­including French symbolist poets Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud­­Smith’s emergence from the New York punk rock scene of the 1970s ushered in a new era in popular music in which academic intellect and street smarts were equally appealing.