kat & the travelers trio members

With an original focus on American roots blues, folk, and blues rock, kat &the travelers have performed in varying formats of duo, trio, and full band since 2007. As membership changed and interests evolved, the group began to settle into its current trio of Kathleen Kraft, Doug Hedstrom and Kelley Chapman in 2011, together developing an extensive songbook of roots jazz, blues, swing and country along with original songwriting.
Kathleen Kraft: vocals  Kat grew up as a traveler, moving with her nomadic family across the continental US, Alaska and Europe. Under the large musical influence of her singer father, Kat heard a wealth of music as a young girl, listening & singing with dad to campfire songs, church hymns, folk and blues as well as jazz standards, swing, big band, Broadway and 70's soul. Over the years, Kat has stepped on stage at numerous area cafes, clubs, events and festivals. Past performance credits include lead vocals on R&B, funk and soul for Everyday People, as well as featured vocalist for jazz groups Wes Allen & Tom Harbeck, Marlon Foster & Friends, Mills Family Band and others. Kat has performed jazz, blues, swing, folk, country, rock and more as lead vocalist with her band, kat & the travelers. Kat also enjoys her work as an advocate for the local arts & music scene, volunteering as a primary organizer of Harrisonburg's Fridays On The Square Summer Concert & Film Festival for over 25 years. 
 

Doug Hedstrom: guitar & vocals Doug picked up the guitar at age 13, when his little brother started taking lessons from an old jazz guy; "I was too shy to go along, so when my brother would come home, I'd get him to show me what he'd learned." Doug is an inveterate tinkerer and has built many hotrod and custom vehicles... so it's only natural that he also builds his own amplifiers and guitars. Thirty years ago, Doug moved to Virginia and started the band, Bluzonia, which became a longtime musical project. From Ernest Tubb to Thelonius Monk, his main influences are Jazz, Swing, Bebop, and old Country. In 2011, he began playing guitar with kat & the travelers performing roots jazz blues and swing, vintage country and many of his originals as a duo, trio, and with a full band....Doug says, "Who could resist the chance to play with such fun and talented musicians? "Thanks, Doug!"  

Kelley Chapman: bass Kelley originally hails from Washington, DC and first picked up the bass at age 14. Just a year later he was playing on the Deerfield Radio with the Tower Hill Mountain Boys. During high school, he was drafted into the pit orchestra for the Oak Grove Music Festivals. By '84 he was crossing the ocean and toured Europe playing jazz with fellow musician friends. Kelley has played in several popular local bands, including The Tony Roberts Band, The Convertibles, Wanda and the White Boys, and Bluzonia. Kelley is having a blast getting back to his jazz roots playing with kat & the travelers.

our song book

With a discovered shared affection for the beloved American standards of jazz, blues and country and a stored collection of originals written over the years, kat & the travelers have put together quite an eclectic and large songbook. 
originals:
Evie
Brush Against The Moon
Black Eyed Susie
Seasons 
Call Me
No Guarantees
Don't Know Why
Who Will Your Next Fool Be
Love You Baby
40 Miles
Walkin
Blues They Come
Summer Nights
Leavin In The Morning
Check Yourself
Look In The Mirror
Good Friend Blues
Takes A Fool
Raven's Roost
more favorites:
Summertime
How Long
Love Me Like A Man
Route 66
Step Up Honey
Tennesse Whiskey
Blues With A Feeling
Turn Me On
Walkin' Blues
Kansas City
Tennessee Waltz
Dust My Blues
Monkery's Blues/Blue Monk
Guilty
Stormy Monday
Buddy Bolden's Blues
Saint James Infirmary
other favorites:
Blues Don't Care
They're Red Hot
Sunny
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Frim Fram Sauce
The Richest One
Nobody Knows You 
Fever
Sunday Kind Of Love
Beginning To See The Light
I Love You Because You're You
Walkin' The Floor Over You
All Of Me
Georgia
World On A String
Write Myself A Letter
Jackson
Have You Ever Loved A Man
still more favorites:
Cold, Cold Heart
Is You Is Or Is You Ain't
Lazy Bones
Night Life
Your Cheatin' Heart
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
Sweet Home Chicago
I Do Not Want What I Have Not Got
I Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues
All Blues
A Change Is Gonna Come
Can't Find My Way Home
Walkin After Midnight
Crossroads
Angel From Montgomery
The Weight
and others
more favorites:
Crazy
Makin' Whoopee
God Bless The Child
Ain't Misbehavin'
Round Midnight
Since I Fell For You
A Train
Stormy Weather
Satin Doll
Oh Darling
Slow Boat To China
Cry Me A River
Alberta
Lucky So & So
Take Out Insurance
Sweet Georgia Brown
How High The Moon
Honeysuckle Rose