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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Previous events

Nov11

kat & the travelers at Pale Fire Brewing Company

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Pale Fire Brewing Company ,  217 S Liberty St #105, Harrisonburg VA 22801

We are honored to be invited to be the host house band for this Central Virginia Blues Society Monthly Jam!  We'll play an opener 45 minute set and then close it down at end with a shorter 20 minute set. In between, top-flight blues players from all over the region will be jammin’ large! You're invited to come join us for this monthly "meeting" of the Central Virginia Blues Society. Big love and thanks to Pale Fire Brewing Company for hosting the Society! No cover. Located in the Ice House Complex.  www.palefirebrewing.com

Oct27

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

Fall color, crisp air, and fine wine...and our tunes! Join us! 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. We always look forward to heading back! Come find us and celebrate Autumn's arrival at this lovely venue! Picnic baskets welcome. Cheese plates available. No cover www.demellovineyardsthirdhillwinery.com  

Oct26

kat & the travelers at Shenandoah Pizza & Tap House

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

We've loved playing here regularly this year...just about every month...and we're back! Start your weekend with 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, great service, and a cozy place to have a listen. Take a stroll down Beverly Street in the crisp autumn air and come join us!  www.shenpizza.com  No cover  

Sep22

kat & the travelers at Annual Fall Oyster Festival~DuCard Vineyards

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DuCard Vineyards, 40 Gibson Hollow Lane, Etlan, VA

We're looking forward to returning once again to the annual Fall Oyster Festival at DuCard! Premium steamed and raw oysters from Nomini Bay Oyster Ranch and many other offerings will pair great with  DuCard's white wines. All that goodness as we play from 1-5pm under great mountain views... Well, we're in heaven! Come out with us! Etlan (Madison County) VA  540.923.4206 More info at www.ducardvineyards.com

Sep15

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! www.harrisonburgfarmersmarket.com

Sep2

kat & the travelers at Little Gems Music Fest

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Little Gems Music Fest at Stone Family Barn, 2580 South Main St, Harrisonburg VA

Little Gems Music Fest Number 12! And the Finale Fest so don't miss it!! We've played at just about every one of these sweet homespun music events over the years and always enjoy it! Sad to see it end, but all good things come to pass! An awesome venue, good food, great music and lots of friends make another day to remember. Our set time and guest players to be announced soon. Looking forward to it one last time! Byob. Food trucks available. Stone Family Barn, 2580 South Main St, Harrisonburg, VA.  Free

Sep1

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 this Labor Day Holiday weekend! kat & the travelers are pleased to return to Cave Ridge every year on this holiday weekend as a trio featuring Kat, Doug and Kelley. Join us on the patio for a Cave Ridge Summer Saturday Music Afternoon... 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

Aug25

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 third appearance at Third Hill! And it's still summer so come on! 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. We are looking forward to heading back! Picnic baskets welcome. Cheese plates available. No cover  www.demellovineyardsthirdhillwinery.com  

Aug24

kat & the travelers at Shenandoah Pizza & Tap House

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

It's been a great 2018 run playing here regularly...just about every month...and we're back! Begin your weekend with 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, great service, and a cozy place to have a listen. Take a walk down Beverly Street on a summer's eve and come find us! No cover. 540.213.0008 www.shenpizza.com  

Jul29

kat & the travelers at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

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Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, 5022 Plank Road, North Garden VA

It's been a long time since we've made it back ...and so we are looking very forward to heading to Pippin Hill again! Please join us for a summery Sunday afternoon on the veranda...at this breathtaking spot overlooking our beloved Blue Ridge Mountains. The Tasting Room and its menu offerings await! Love to see you return with us! No cover. www.pippinhillfarm.com

Jul27

kat & the travelers at Shenandoah Pizza & Tap House

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

It's been a great 2018 run playing here every month or so~join us for show #5! Begin your weekend with us on a Friday Night in beautiful Downtown Staunton for a trio show with Kat, Doug and 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. Stroll Downtown on a summer evening and stop in! No cover. www.shenpizza.com  

Jul21

kat & the travelers at Stonefield's Summer Concert Series

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The Shops at Stonefield, 2100 Hydraulic Rd., Charlottesville VA 22901

Very pleased to be invited to perform at the first Summer Concert Series hosted by Stonefield! With free admission and participating area restaurants and wineries, including DuCard Winery www.ducardvineyards.com, Burton's Grill & Bar www.burtonsgrill.com, and Castle Hill Cider www.castlehillcider.com all along for the festivities, this is the place to start your Summer Saturday evening fun! Please come out and join us in inaugurating this new music series! No cover. www.shopsatstonefield.com 

Jul5

kat & the travelers at Albemarle CiderWorks

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Albemarle CiderWorks, 2545 Rural Ridge Ln, North Garden, Virginia 22959, North Garden, Virginia 22959

kat & the travelers first appearance at Albemarle CiderWorks! We’ll be there for the fab venue, delicious cider and the Thursday evening edition of the North Garden Farmers Market! Please come out and enjoy it all with us! No cover www.albemarleciderworks.com, www.facebook.com/NorthGardenFarmersMarket, www.katandthetravelers.com

Jun30

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 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 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 www.demellovineyardsthirdhillwinery.com  

May26

kat & the travelers at Cave Ridge Vineyard & Winery

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

SUMMER IS HERE! Come celebrate with us on this Memorial Day Holiday weekend! kat & the travelers return to Cave Ridge as a trio featuring Kat, Doug and Kelley. Join us on the patio for a Saturday afternoon toast to the arrival of the Summer Season! First rate wine and our roots jazz-blues, hot swing, vintage country, and originals! Light fare available or bring your basket. No reservations required. No cover. www.caveridge.com

May25

kat & the travelers at Shenandoah Pizza & Tap House

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Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company, 103 West Beverly St , Staunton VA

It's been a great 2018 run playing here monthly~join us for month 4! Begin your weekend with us on a Friday Night in beautiful Downtown Staunton for a trio show with Kat, Doug and Kelley. And for some of the best pizza and craft beer lists in the Valley! Fantastic food, great service, and a cozy place to have a listen. Stroll Downtown on a spring evening and stop in! no cover. www.shenpizza.com  

May5

kat & the travelers at Music at the Market

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

Our live music will be featured at the Saturday Market at Harrisonburg Farmers Market! May at the Market is rockin! Veggies, Fruits, Flowers, Plants, Art, Craft, Baked Goodies, Fresh Coffee and much more. Come out & enjoy the festive colorful Market scene with your neighbors and friends...and us! www.harrisonburgfarmersmarket.com

May3

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 www.stauntonlibrary.org

Apr22

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 afternoon....no cover. 434.975.0094 www.glasshousewinery.com

Apr20

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.  www.shenpizza.com