A Musical Life

KMUW's Jedd Beaudoin interviews Wichitans who live a musical life... as a full-time vocation or a part-time passion.

A Musical Life is also available through Apple Podcasts.

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Cody Cloud is a founding member of the band Vehicles, for which he serves as guitarist and vocalist. The band is at work on a new album for release in 2020.

Connor Seybert

Joe Simpson is a member of the band Circular Reference, which recently issued the record One.

“One of the most important parts of being a musician is being a good listener. I think we have the responsibility to be the type of fan and listener that you would want to be at your shows. Whenever you can pick up gear, help a band on the stage, tell them how much their music means to you, put money in the tip jar, buy a cassette, buy a CD, even just showing up … that’s what makes our music scene in Wichita great.

Grant Boesen is a member of the Wichita band Pretend Friend.

This edition of A Musical Life originally aired on April 9, 2019.

Doug Horacio Holguin Lynn is a member of Church Tiller, Dougie Jones & The Sonny Jims, Tasteful Nudes and The Goddamn General Public.

“I would say my first musical inclination—to me it’s the funniest thing—my first dream—and it was all I wanted, musically—I was in middle school, seventh or eighth grade, my dream was to be a singer in a Clash cover band. That’s all I ever wanted out of music. I never expected to do all the stuff I’ve done at this point.

Alex Gongora

Max Abood is a Wichita-based musician who holds a degree in music performance from Friends University. He is part of a musical family that includes his father, Peter Abood, a pianist, and his brother, Bryce, who plays drums with Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy. 

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William Mitchell is a Wichita-based bassist who performs with Keeper, ICTrio and Douglas Creek. He also plays tuba and cello.

Jake Trease

This edition of A Musical Life originally aired on March 15, 2019.  

Lindsay Unruh is a Wichita-based multi-instrumentalist who most frequently performs as a solo artist. She has also played with bands such as Little Red Quartet and The Ra-Ras.

“My first gig was with a little punk band of girls in Louisiana called The Ra-Ras. They wanted some keyboard in the band. I had just moved down there and we played this gig with a math rock band that didn’t have a vocalist and a garage band called The Transmission that used a Theremin in their set.

Beau Harris

Blaine Martin is a multi-instrumentalist who studies at Friends University in Wichita. He plays bass with Old News. The band’s latest EP is Hands Like Glaciers.

Brittany Schaar

Anthony Trupia is a member of several Wichita bands, including Cow Skin Creek, The Sweets, Huffy and the Nighttrain, Vagabond String Band. He will perform with Huffy and the Nightrain at Vorshay’s Lounge, Friday, June 7 at 9 p.m.

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Wakinyan Shrubshall is guitarist and vocalist with Sutphin. The band's latest album is Medicine Machine.

"Drums was the first instrument for me. I started on that when I was 10 years old. Discovered the Beatles. Absolutely loved Ringo's playing. I started playing drums and picked up at about 14. Got an acoustic guitar. I got it to write songs. Also, because at the time, I didn't like any of the guitar players in any of the bands I was in. So I just took matters into my own hands.