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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Michael Malcolm

Nikki Sample is a solo singer-songwriter and lead vocalist of the Wichita band Big Red Horse. She lives in Wichita with her husband, Ryan.

Connor Hays

Michael J. Engdahl is a guitarist, composer, and teacher based out of Wichita, KS. He plays in the local alt-rock band Coriander, the modern jazz quartet First To Leave, and leads his own trio, ME3. A recent graduate of Wichita State with a B.M. in Jazz Studies, Michael teaches at Senseney Music and has been a part of the local music scene for many years. His most recent recording, Live! At Miller Concert Hall debuts original compositions in the jazz idiom. Michael is looking forward to recording, performing, and touring with all his projects in 2015. 


Kerry Burrow

Daniel Davis is the founder of ICT Fest, This Ain’t Heaven Recording Concern and has performed in a variety of music projects, including Yamoto, Ricky Fitts, and Living Ghost. He lives in Wichita with his wife and daughters. 


David Lord is a guitarist responsible for several releases under the Francis Moss and Wonder Revolution monikers. He is an accomplished educator and business owner who operates Air House Academy and Air House Records in Wichita. Lord has also recorded with brothers Aaron and Sean Fanning as part of the band Solagget

Francis Moss music is my music in relationship to the forest. So, it’s all kind of forest inspired.

Georgia Andersen

Ian Stewart is a visual artist and musician based in Wichita.

“My name is Ian Stewart and I make music under the name Cleme.

It’s all collage based; it’s taking multiple things and turning them into one hopefully good piece.

Essentially there is no difference in my production method in doing a design for someone and this. It’s all layering and sometimes I’ll find that I’ve layered far too much and I’ll have to scrap things.

Ty Kasper

UJ Pesonen plays a variety of instruments, including drums, violin and guitar. He loves listening to music in the vinyl medium and his band, Wrong Kata Trio. The group has recently issued the album Come Morning.

“I am UJ Pesonen. I play in the Wrong Kata Trio which is based in Lawrence but I live here in Wichita.

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Influenced by blues, jazz, and all things American music, Jim Vegas has lived in Boston (where he attended Berklee College of Music), Chicago, Fort Collins, Colorado, Los Angeles, and now Wichita. His wide range of influences and experiences can be heard via his songs, including those found on his latest release, The Bullfight in Our Heads.

On his song, “The Dream Thief”:

Trisha Weilert

Joal Cachero performs and records under the name Golden Living Room. Golden Living Room has three releases to date available via This Ain't Heaven Recording Concern. Cachero will issue two split releases in the coming months, including one with Dreamcrusher.

My name is Joal Cachero and my primary musical project is called Golden Living Room.

I was very influenced by video game music--a lot. I liked the way it sounded.

People are calling it vaporwave.

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Lacey Cruse’s first album, Turn Me On, is the culmination of years of singing and songwriting. Cruse’s blend of rootsy blues music can be attributed to a wide range of influences, including Bonnie Raitt and Sheryl Crow.

My sister-in-law sent me a Christmas card a couple of years ago. And I thought to myself, ‘I don’t send Christmas cards. A lot of people do and I just don’t. So, what kind of girl am I?’

It morphed into "What kind of girl I’m not," rather than "what kind of girl I am."

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Bob Hamrick plays accordion with the Wichita band Pop and The Boys. He regularly attends the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas and is a loyal fan of the Grateful Dead. He explains that a gentleman is one who can play the accordion but chooses not to.

“My name is Bob Hamrick and I play the accordion.