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, 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, Ashland Coffee & Tea, 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, DuCard Vineyards, Blenheim Vineyards, Cunningham Creek Winery, OCP's Summer Lawn Jam, Jazz Night at The Mockingbird, Staunton Public Library, 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, 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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kat & the travelers at Shenandoah Pizza & Tap House

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

It's officially Spring! Time to celebrate! join us at Shenandoah Pizza & Tap House! Come find us on a Friday Night in beautiful 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 and a cozy place to have a listen. We love playing our music...and eating great pizza...and here we get to do both! Looking forward to heading back again! No cover.  


kat & the travelers at Shenandoah Pizza & Tap House

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

You're invited to join us at sweet Shenandoah Pizza & Tap House! It's Friday Night in beautiful Downtown Staunton and we'll be there for our regular trio show with Kat, Doug & Kelley...And for some of the best pizza & craft beer lists in the Valley! Fantastic food and a cozy place to have a listen. Always look forward to heading back again! No cover.  


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 sweet Spring 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 warmth waiting for you here! Our trio of Kat, Doug & Kelley will perform in the Winery's Conservatory filled with tropical plants ~a most unique setting. Glass House is a boutique winery in the heart of the Monticello Wine Trail in central VA. Great wines, gourmet handmade chocolates, and our backroads swing, roots jazzblues, vintage country and steel toe originals... delicious! Come join us for a relaxing Sunday cover. 434.975.0094


kat & the travelers for A Little Lunch Music at Staunton Public Library

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Staunton Public Library, 1 Churchville Ave, Staunton, VA

Very pleased to be invited to return for a performance at this long running music series! A Little Lunch Music happens on the first Thursday of each month from Noon-1pm in the upstairs meeting room at the Staunton Library. Offering a wide variety of live music to its monthly audiences in family-friendly shows. Sponsored by The Friends of the Staunton Library. Free. 540.332.3902


kat & the travelers at Third Hill Winery at De Mello Vineyards

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

Returning for our second appearance at Third Hill! And it's officially Summertime so Yay! 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 ambiance just right to enjoy our tunes along with fine wines in a great Virginia State of mind! Located just a jump off highway 81between 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 heading back! Come find us and celebrate Summer's arrival at this lovely new venue! Picnic baskets welcome. Cheese plates available. no cover 540.740.8464