Strictly Bluegrass

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HOSTS: (Left to right) Gary Mortensen Ted Branson Sharon Sandomirsky

Strictly Bluegrass is one of the first programs on KOOP radio and the only radio program dedicated to playing Bluegrass music in Central Texas.

For information on bluegrass jams, shows, and festivals, visit the Central Texas Bluegrass Bluegrass Association website.

Host Biographies

Sharon Sandomirsky  

(Programmer of Record)

Sharon has been involved in music all her adult life and has played with   the   Fuzzy Mountain String Band as well as two collaborations with Alice Gerrard. Sharon currently plays rhythm guitar and sings with the central Texas band Hill Country Harmonizers.   Sharon also co-founded the Sugar Hill Records label.

Ted Branson  

Ted Branson arrived in Austin, Texas 45 years ago, has traveled all over North America and acquired a huge music collection on Vinyl and CD. After meeting and seeing Don Stover perform in a Brooklyn Ontario house concert 1971, Ted received a Framus 5 string banjo for Christmas, began jamming in Bluegrass Festival campgrounds, playing on street corners , watching acts perform like The Earl Scruggs Revue, Doug Dillard, John Hartford, The Country Gazette, The Country Gentlemen,  , Doc and Merle Watson, Jimmy Martin and Mac Wiseman. Ted also hosts Under the X in Texas on KOOP Radio every Tuesday morning at 9:00 -11am and Sundays  A Blues Groove 9am-10am...

Gary Mortensen   

 Gary Mortensen has been involved with music all his life – initially, as a woodwind player in school and in the Army Band. But the “Folk Scare” of the sixties hit him hard and he became hopelessly involved in various forms of string band music, including bluegrass, country, Western swing, Eastern swing – everything except rock and roll.

Originally, from Chicago, Gary lived in TX from 2002 through 2011, then spent three years back up north, but has recently returned to TX to stay! He was one of the hosts of Strictly Bluegrass during 2011 and is very excited to be back in the fold!


 Feb 25   sharon and Gary MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

MAR 4   Gary      

MAR 11  Gary

MAR 18  Ted

MAR 25 SHARON /  Steve

APR 1     Gary  

APR 8  Sharon  and Steve Barber

APR   Gary  

APR 22  Ted

APR 29 Sharon  /Gary

May 6    Special DJ Dan Foster with Steve Barber

May 13   Ted  

May 20 Gary   

May 27  Sharon/Gary



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Strictly Bluegrass

Artist Title Album Play timesort ascending

The Tony Rice Unit

Stony Point


Sun, 3/18/18 - 4:57 pm Album | Track

Hazel Dickens

Old and In the Way

By The Sweat of My Brow

Sun, 3/18/18 - 4:54 pm Album | Track

Hot Rize

Western Skies

When I'm Free

Sun, 3/18/18 - 4:49 pm Album | Track

John Prine


Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott Memories and Moments

Sun, 3/18/18 - 4:45 pm Album | Track

David Grisman

Pretty Polly

Home is Where the Heart Is

Sun, 3/18/18 - 4:38 pm Album | Track

Jimmy Martin

Prayer Bell of Heaven

You Don't Know My Mind 1956-1966

Sun, 3/18/18 - 4:36 pm Album | Track

Jimmy Martin

You Don't Know My Mind

You Don't Know My Mind 1956-1966

Sun, 3/18/18 - 4:32 pm Album | Track

Crowe, Lawson & Williams

Standing Tall and Tough

Standing Tall and Tough

Sun, 3/18/18 - 4:29 pm Album | Track

Rebekah Long

Fishin' On the Cumberland

Run Away

Sun, 3/18/18 - 4:23 pm Album | Track

Robert Hunter & Jim Lauderdale

Don't Back Down

Carolina Moonrise: Bluegrass Songs By

Sun, 3/18/18 - 4:20 pm Album | Track

Town Mountain

Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

The Dead Session

Sun, 3/18/18 - 4:13 pm Album | Track

The Travelin' McCoury's

Cumberland Blues

The Travelin' McCoury's

Sun, 3/18/18 - 4:07 pm Album | Track

Rob McCoury

Foggy Mountain Chimes

The 5 String Flame Thrower

Sun, 3/18/18 - 4:03 pm Album | Track

Old & In The Gray

When the Sprigtime Come Again

Old & In The Gray

Sun, 3/18/18 - 3:58 pm Album | Track

Old and In the Way

I Ain't Broke But I'm Badly Bent

That High Lonesome Soundf

Sun, 3/18/18 - 3:55 pm Album | Track

David Grisman


The David Grisman Rounder Album

Sun, 3/18/18 - 3:47 pm Album | Track

David Grisman

Hold to God's Unchanging Hand

The David Grisman Rounder Album

Sun, 3/18/18 - 3:40 pm Album | Track

Doc Watson & David Grisman

What is Home Without Love?

Doc & Dawg

Sun, 3/18/18 - 3:36 pm Album | Track

Doc Watson & David Grisman

Doc & Dawg

Doc & Dawg

Sun, 3/18/18 - 3:32 pm Album | Track

Uncle Dave Macon

Go Long Mule

With The Fruit Jar Drinkers Go Long Mule

Sun, 3/18/18 - 3:27 pm Album | Track


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