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, Knight's Gambit Winery, 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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Nov22

kat & the travelers at Shenandoah Pizza & Tap House

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

Our 2019 run playing regularly at Shenandoah Pizza & Tap House rocks on! We've headed back every month this year... And it's always a lovely Friday Night in beautiful Downtown Staunton with kat & the travelers and with some of the best pizza and craft beer lists in the Valley. Fantastic food, great service, and a cozy place to have a listen. Take a stroll down Beverly Street and come get your pizza fix with us before Thanksgiving! No cover.  www.shenpizza.com 

Dec3

kat & the travelers at OCP Annual Christmas Concert

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Park View Mennonite Church, 1600 College Ave, Harrisonburg VA 22802

We are so pleased to be invited to return to perform holiday tunes at Our Community Place's beloved Annual Christmas Concert held at the lovely sanctuary of Park View Mennonite Church. kat & the travelers bandmates Kathleen Kraft and Doug Hedstrom have the great honor of sharing the stage with many accomplished area musicians. And the acoustics here are beautiful.... Doors 6pm for homemade desserts, Silent Auction table for your holiday shopping. OCP Xmas CD Collections available, too. Concert 7-9:30pm. All proceeds to benefit OCP's community center, work program, and work recovery for those in need in our community. Hope to see you there to share in the giving spirit of this holiday season...LOVE! Suggested donation for ticket at the door. More info at 540-442-7727 or at www.ourcommunityplace.org

Dec20

kat & the travelers at Shenandoah Pizza & Tap House

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

Our 2019 run playing regularly at Shenandoah Pizza & Tap House winds up now~ We've headed back every month... and this will be our last show here for 2019. So come let us wish you a joyous holiday season! Always a festive Friday Night in beautiful Downtown Staunton with kat & the travelers and with 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 stroll down lovely Historic Beverly Street in her holiday finery and come find us! No cover.  www.shenpizza.com 

Dec28

kat & the travelers at Third Hill Winery

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

It's been a pleasure to play at Third Hill throughout 2019! Now it's time to toast a new year... and no better spot than here! 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. Looking forward to wrapping up our 2019 show year here! Come find us and celebrate 2020's (whoa!) arrival at this lovely venue! Picnic baskets welcome. Cheese plates available. No cover www.demellovineyardsthirdhillwinery.com

Jan19

kat & the travelers at Glass House Winery

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Glass House Winery, 5898 Free Union Road, Free Union, VA

Excited to make our way back to Glass House and wintertime is a great time to return to the gorgeous Glass House setting. Bring your family & friends and enjoy the lovely country drive to the tropical atmosphere waiting for you here. We'll perform in the Winery's Conservatory filled with tropical plants~a most unique setting... and the temperature is always perfect. Glass House is a boutique winery in the heart of the Monticello Wine Trail in central VA. Great wines, gourmet handmade chocolates, and our roots jazzblues, hot swing, vintage country and originals...delicious! Come join us for a relaxing post-holiday madness Sunday afternoon....say yes!  No cover.    www.glasshousewinery.com