Bringing it to you from the backroads...

Call it fate, destiny, kismet or just good ol' karma…whatever, there was something in the air when the paths of singer Kathleen Kraft and guitarist Doug Hedstrom collided on a late dark night outside a crossroads country store in the piedmonts of Virginia. As they chatted next to Doug's vintage Willys pickup, new musings on the evolution of Kathleen's music group, "kat & the travelers", began to stir.  Turned out along with his vintage truck, his collection of vintage amps, big body guitars and telecasters, the self proclaimed "just a country guitar player" also had a stash of jazz-blues chords in his back pocket~ a perfect compliment to Kathleen's vocal styles. With Doug's longtime music collaborator, bassist Kelley Chapman onboard, their fresh musical journey took off and they've been enjoying the ride ever since.

With diverse musical backgrounds of R&B, soul, country, big band, jazz, swing, blues and hillbilly boogie stowed in their packs, kat & the travelers fuel their own "backroads take" on the timeless compositions of America's Roots Music... jazzblues, hot swing, vintage country...with contagious energy and affection... and fill you up in between with their steel toe originals.
 
Backed by the solid jazz bass of Kelley Chapman and jazz chops of drummer Quintas Mills, guitarist Doug Hedstrom's high gear, free wheeling playing style continues to win praise... and provides a noted compliment to the band's front seat singer, Kathleen Kraft, whose vocals whisper and shine on ephemeral ballads, ring out sweet and clear on jazz notes, and still get gritty with those old school blues.

The band has been featured live on 90.7FM WMRA's Blues Valley Radio Show, 88.7FM WXJM's Radio Show, STAR94.3FM Shenandoah Valley Local Music Hour and has made repeat appearances at Virginia's cafes, wineries, breweries, clubs, listening rooms, galleries, theaters, house concerts, festivals, and private and community events.

Recently, area listeners may have caught the band's inclusion in the CVBS IBC Blues Challenge Showcase, benefit CD Charlottesville's Christmas Songbook featured on WNRN, benefit CD OCP's Our Christmas Present, as well as a finalist in Rapunzel's Annual Songwriters Showcase

Past performances include:
Live on 90.7FM WMRA's Blues Valley Radio Show, Live on 88.7FM WXJM's Radio Show, STAR94.3FM Shenandoah Valley Local Music Hour, Clementine Cafe, Fridays on the Square Summer Music Festival, Annual Summer Blues & Brews Festival, Cork & Blues Festival, The Judy Chops Cabaret, 2 Pond Farm Music Festival, First Night Harrisonburg, Ashland Coffee & Tea, Pale Fire Brewing Company, Summer Concert Series at Stonefield, Albemarle CiderWorks, DuCard Vineyards, Blenheim Vineyards, Castle Hill Cider, Cunningham Creek Winery, Third Hill Winery at DeMello Vineyards, OCP's Summer Lawn Jam, Jazz Night at The Mockingbird, Staunton Public Library, Bricks Lounge, The Patio House Concerts, Grace Estate Winery, Yelping Dog Wine Bar, Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company, Shenandoah Hops, OCP's Annual Christmas Concert, The Hot Spot, Glass House Winery, Colonnades, Lodge at Old Trail, Beyond Restaurant & Lounge, Concerts With A View House Concerts, Victory Hall Theater, Bon Cafe, Dr. Ho's, Three Penny Cafe, James River Brewing Company, Mountfair Vineyards, Blue Moon Diner, Wild Wolf Brewing Company, Fairfield Center's Harvest Gala, Valley Aids Network Benefit, Wine On Water Wine Bar, Cave Ridge Vineyard & Winery, Rock N' Ridgeview Summer Concert Series, Jimmy Anderson's, Martha Jefferson House, Bluestone Vineyards, Burton Galleries House Concerts, Valley 4th Independence Day Celebration, Rapunzel's Jazz Society, Central Virginia Blues Society, The Hamner Theater, Rapunzel's, Darjeeling Cafe, Plank Road Exchange, George Bowers Grocery, Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, Little Grill Collective, The Gateway Theatre, The Clocktower's Downtown 27 Stage, Batesville Store, Shenandoah Pizza & Tap House, Harrisonburg's First Fridays, OCP's Second Saturday Nights Out, Pennybackers, CrossKeys Vineyards, Schultz Theatre, Downtown Music 34, Turner Pavilion's Music at the Market, Oasis Gallery, Earth & Tea Cafe, The Local Bar at the Local Chop & Grill House, Francesco's, L'italia Lounge, Little Gems Music Festival, North River Grill, Private Events and others.

Artists we admire: It's a never ending list...
Influences: Find em' everywhere in every little thing...
Mode of travel: Passing through life on a wish and a song.....
Band interests: Making music together whenever and where ever we can... 
Mission: Life is beautiful and so is it's music...We are enjoying the ride. 
 
 

We love you for supporting live local music~hope to see you out with us sometime soon!

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Aug23

kat & the travelers at Shenandoah Pizza & Tap House

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Shenandoah Pizza & Tap House, 19 East Beverly Street, Staunton, VA

Love our 2019 run playing here regularly...every month...and we're back for month 8! Begin your weekend with us on a Friday Night in beautiful Historic Downtown Staunton for a trio show with Kat, Doug & Kelley. And for some of the best pizza & craft beer lists in the Valley! Fantastic food, great service, and a cozy place to have a listen. Take a walk down Beverly Street on a summer's eve and come cool off with us! No cover. www.shenpizza.com

Aug24

kat & the travelers at Third Hill Winery

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Third Hill Winery at De Mello Vineyards, 2110 Quicksburg Rd  , Quicksburg, Virginia 22847

We're back at Third Hill in sweet August, the queen of Summer! Come cool off with us at the end of the day! Third Hill at De Mello Vineyards celebrates the historic Shenandoah Valley with a relaxing porch, views all around, and a fantastic and charming interior embracing the area's essence... an ambiance just right to enjoy our tunes along with fine wines in a great Virginia State of mind! Located just a jump off highway 81 between the towns of Woodstock and Harrisonburg, in the village of Quicksburg. Great stop if you're on the way to Bryce Resort or after an afternoon in Historic New Market. Picnic baskets welcome. Cheese plates available. No cover www.demellovineyardsthirdhillwinery.com

Aug31

kat & the travelers at Ducard Vineyards

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DuCard Vineyards, 40 Gibson Hollow Lane, Etlan, VA

Time to make a toast to this precious Summer! And we're looking forward to celebrating it when we return to beautiful DuCard! Come join us as we wrap up the summer season on this Labor Day Holiday Weekend. A lovely country drive will take you to their wonderful selection of fine wines, fantastic hosts, and that sweet setting... All that goodness as we play from 2-5pm under cooling mountain views... We're always in heaven here! Cheers! No cover. Picnic baskets welcome. Etlan (Madison County) VA www.ducardvineyards.com

Sep2

kat & the travelers at Cave Ridge Vineyard & Winery

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Cave Ridge Vineyard & Winery, 1476 Conicville Rd, Mt. Jackson VA

It's the last blast of Summer~celebrate with us on Labor Day! kat & the travelers are pleased to return to Cave Ridge every year on this holiday weekend as a trio featuring Kat, Doug & Kelley and often special guests. Join us on the patio for a Cave Ridge Music Afternoon ...and the finale Monday of this Summer weekend! First rate wine and our roots jazz-blues, hot swing, vintage country, and originals! Light fare available or bring your picnic basket. No reservations required. No cover. www.caveridge.com

Sep7

kat & the travelers at Music at the Market

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Harrisonburg Farmers Market at Turner Pavilion, 228 South Liberty, Harrisonburg VA

Our music will be featured at the Saturday Market at Harrisonburg Farmers Market. The late Summer harvest at the market is abundant! Come out and join us... And enjoy the festive colorful Market scene! Veggies, Fruits, Flowers, Plants, Art, Craft, Baked Goodies, Fresh Coffee and much more! Free Show! www.harrisonburgfarmersmarket.com