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.

Michael Carmody is a veteran of numerous Wichita bands including Winking Spaniard, The Sluggos, Jones 6, The New Deal, Carganza.

Aaron Bowen

Jenny Wood is a Wichita-based songwriter, guitarist and vocalist whose many musical projects include her solo work and fronting The Watchers. She is at work on a new album featuring Katy Guillen and The Girls. On this installment, she discusses her abilities as a whistler.

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Scott Allan Knost is a Kansas-based musician who has more than a decade of performing, writing and touring behind him. He has shared the stage with an eclectic mix of acts including LA Guns, Truckstop Honeymoon and Martin Sexton. Knost frequently tours Asia and Europe. Here, he discusses his beloved guitar, Guinevere, a name derived from the Edwin McCain song.

Amanda Assaf

Jackson Graham is a drummer/percussionist studying Music Performance at Wichita State University. He performs in a variety of musical projects, including the solo drum and keyboard project Information Welfare.

Zach Shoffner has played in Wichita bands for over a decade now. He is currently lead guitarist with the group The Candy Lords and a founding member of the group Keen Kutter, with his fiancée, Britt Boman.


John Salem has performed music in a variety of settings for several decades now. He currently performs with the Macy Brothers Band, the Westerman Brothers Band, The Boomers and various pick up gigs. His songs have been recorded by Rudy Love, The Gap Band (“I Miss You Most of All At Christmas”) and others. He also appeared on Tracy Nelson’s Homemade Songs LP. You can hear a selection from that record in this piece.

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Jordan Dee Minnis is a Wichita based singer-songwriter and Wichita State University student. You can hear her perform at a variety of Wichita venues.

Carrie Rengers

Joe Stumpe is a Wichita-based singer-songwriter who has recently released the CD Jump The Track under his own name. He is also a member of the band Fly By Night and a journalist with more than 30 years of experience.

“I studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and have been a working journalist since 1983 in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and here.

Tricia Demmers

Jason Teubner has performed in a variety of Wichita bands for over a decade now, including Ophil and, more recently, The Great Plains, with his wife, Maria Elena. Here, he discusses one of his more unlikely—but fulfilling musical projects.

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Lily Dooman is a singer-songwriter based in Wichita. She recently issued a self-titled solo EP and is a member of the newly-formed band Riverbirds.

“I started by going out to open mics and building a set from there. If I wrote a song I’d play it this week; if I wrote a couple more songs I’d play them the next week.