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 42 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 Monday's A Blues Groove 10am-11am...

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!




June 11      Sharon and Steve

June 18      Sharon 

June 25      Ted

July 2         ted

July 9        gary

July 16 -    sharon

July 23 -    ted  

July 30 -  sharon  with gary

Aug 6 -    gary  

Aug  13 -  sharon and steve

Aug  20 -   ted  

Aug   27 - gary  

Sept 3    gary

Sept 10  sharon  and steve

Sept 17   ted  

Sept 24  sharon  and gary

Oct 1      gary

Oct 8      ted  

Oct 15    sharon and gary

Oct 22    Ted

Oct 29    Sharon or Gary

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Sundays at 10:00am
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Strictly Bluegrass

Artist Title Album Play timesort ascending

jim and jesse

take my ring from your finger

bluegrass and more

Sun, 7/16/17 - 4:59 pm Album | Track

big dogs

love and wealth

live at the birchmere

Sun, 7/16/17 - 4:52 pm Album | Track

don rigsby dudley connell

i'll take the chance

another saturday night

Sun, 7/16/17 - 4:49 pm Album | Track

harley Allen

i don't believe you've met my baby


Sun, 7/16/17 - 4:47 pm Album | Track

hazel and alice

a tiny broken heart

pioneering women in bluegrass

Sun, 7/16/17 - 4:41 pm Album | Track

Hazel and Alice

darling nellie across the sea

pioneering women in bluegrass

Sun, 7/16/17 - 4:39 pm Album | Track

alice gerrard

too late too late

tear down the fences

Sun, 7/16/17 - 4:36 pm Album | Track

benny and vallie cain

is it time

35 years

Sun, 7/16/17 - 4:33 pm Album | Track

benny and vallie cain

somebody's waiting for me Sun, 7/16/17 - 4:30 pm Album | Track

red allen

are you teasing me

folkways years

Sun, 7/16/17 - 4:24 pm Album | Track

chris hillman

i can't keep you in love with me

desert rose

Sun, 7/16/17 - 4:21 pm Album | Track

jim and jesse

when i stop dreaming

bluegrass and more

Sun, 7/16/17 - 4:19 pm Album | Track

jim and jesse

take my ring from your finder

bluegrass and more

Sun, 7/16/17 - 4:16 pm Album | Track

dolly parton

cash on the barrelhead

the grass is blue

Sun, 7/16/17 - 4:11 pm Album | Track

hazel dickens johnson mountain boys

here today

songs of the louvin brothers

Sun, 7/16/17 - 4:07 pm Album | Track

jim and jesse

I wish you knew

bluegrass and more

Sun, 7/16/17 - 4:05 pm Album | Track

jim and jesse

are you missing me

bluegrass and more

Sun, 7/16/17 - 3:58 pm Album | Track

charlie poole

sweet sunny south

old time songs

Sun, 7/16/17 - 3:55 pm Album | Track

doc watson

what does the deep sea say

riding the midnight train

Sun, 7/16/17 - 3:52 pm Album | Track

jim eanes

sparkling blue eyes

good old country

Sun, 7/16/17 - 3:50 pm Album | Track


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