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Short Bio

With diverse musical backgrounds of R&B, soul, country, big band, jazz, swing, blues and hillbilly boogie stowed in their pockets, kat & the travelers fuel their own "backroads take" on the timeless compositions of America's Roots Music...jazzblues, hot swing, vintage country, rock and folk... with contagious energy and affection... and fill you up in between with their steel toe originals.
Backed by the solid bass of Michael Haag and jazz chops of percussionist 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 clubs, listening rooms, festivals, wineries, breweries, galleries, theaters, house concerts, cafes, 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.