Now celebrating over 12 years of 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, folk, rock...with contagious energy and affection... and fill you up in between with their steel toe originals.
Now backed by the solid bass of Michael Haag 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.

Area listeners may also 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 regional Songwriters Showcases

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, Stinson Vineyards, Prince Michel Winery, Skipping Rock Brewery, Brewing Tree Beer, Third Hill Winery at DeMello Vineyards, Barren Ridge Vineyards, Prince Michel 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 Concerts, 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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We are looking very forward to heading back to Pippin Hill as a duo with Kat & Doug in the refreshing Autumn month of October. Please join us in celebrating Fall on this Sunday afternoon...with fine wines...and great this breathtaking spot overlooking our beloved Blue Ridge Mountains. The beautiful terrace Tasting Room and the Restaurant's fine offerings await! Plenty of lawn seating also available on spacious grounds. Love to see you return with us! No cover. See Pippin Hill's website for any safety guidelines & restrictions.


We're playing at Skipping Rock's Oktoberfest! Celebrate awesome Autumn with fantastic craft brews and our live music! In the heart of Augusta County, VA, their taproom is located in a sweet setting 1 mile west of the City of Staunton on Parkersburg Turnpike/RT 254. With a relaxed feel, it’s the perfect place to bring family and friends for great craft brews and our tunes! Food trucks often available. Picnic baskets welcome. Outdoor patio show weather permitting. No cover. See Skipping Rock's website for more info on Oktoberfest activities and offerings and for any safety guidelines and restrictions.


kat & the travelers at DuCard Vineyards

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DuCard Vineyards, 40 Gibson Hollow Lane, Etlan, VA

It's Fall! And no better spot to soak in the beauty of the Autumn season with us than at pretty DuCard Vineyards. A lovely country drive takes us to their wonderful selection of fine wines, fantastic hosts, and that sweet setting in the hollow...All that goodness as we play from 2:30-5:30pm under great mountain views...we're in heaven! Come on out with us! Outdoor event. Lots of lawn seating on spacious grounds. No cover. Picnic baskets welcome. See DuCard's website for any safety guidelines & restrictions. Etlan (Madison County) VA


So very pleased to play at Third Hill several times in 2022! And now we return for Autumn leaf color! Third Hill at De Mello Vineyards celebrates the historic Shenandoah Valley with a relaxing porch, views all around, and a 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 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. See Third Hill's website for any safety guidelines & restrictions.


kat & the travelers at Glass House Winery

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

Thanksgiving Sunday! Excited to make our way back to gorgeous Glass House on Thanksgiving Weekend! Bring your visiting family & friends and enjoy the lovely country drive to the tropical atmosphere waiting for you here in the Winery's Conservatory filled with tropical plants~a most unique setting. And plenty of open space on their back deck and extensive lawns along the pretty pond. Great wines and our roots jazz-blues, hot swing, vintage country, rock & folk, and originals make for a fine and fun extension of the holiday festivities. Say yes! No cover. Picnic baskets welcome. See Glass House's website for any safety guidelines & restrictions.