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!



April 16      Sharon and Gary

April 23      Ted

April 30      Gary

May 7        Sharon and Steve

May 14      Ted 

May 21      Gary

May 28      Sharon

June 4       Ted

June 11      Sharon and Steve

June 18      Ted 

June 25      Gary

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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Strictly Bluegrass

Artist Title Album Play timesort ascending

Kenny Baker

Ashland Breakdown

KB Plays BM

Sun, 5/21/17 - 4:58 pm Album | Track

Joe Val

Wrong Road Agan

Diamond Joe

Sun, 5/21/17 - 4:56 pm Album | Track

Jim & Jesse

You Are The One

BG Mountain Style

Sun, 5/21/17 - 4:53 pm Album | Track

James King

Letters Have No Arms

Lonesome and Then Some

Sun, 5/21/17 - 4:51 pm Album | Track

Good Ol' Persons

Blue Night

Good 'n' Live

Sun, 5/21/17 - 4:45 pm Album | Track

Gibson Brothers

Smile for a Heartache

Gibson Brothers

Sun, 5/21/17 - 4:42 pm Album | Track

Jimmy Martin


Songs of a Freeborn Man

Sun, 5/21/17 - 4:39 pm Album | Track

Hot Rize

Blue Is Fallin'

When I'm Free

Sun, 5/21/17 - 4:34 pm Album | Track

Hazel Dickens

Here Today

Songs of the Louvin Brothers

Sun, 5/21/17 - 4:31 pm Album | Track

Greenbriar Boys

Pal Of Mine

Vanguard Years

Sun, 5/21/17 - 4:28 pm Album | Track

Gene Wooten


Don't Look Now

Sun, 5/21/17 - 4:22 pm Album | Track

Flatt & Scruggs

He Will Set Your Fields On Fire

Carnegie Hall

Sun, 5/21/17 - 4:19 pm Album | Track

Front Porch String Band

Go My Way

Front Porch String Band

Sun, 5/21/17 - 4:16 pm Album | Track

Welch, Rawlings, Steele

Wind and Rain


Sun, 5/21/17 - 4:13 pm Album | Track

Rob Ickes

McHattie's Waltz

Great Dobro Sessions

Sun, 5/21/17 - 4:07 pm Album | Track

Stanley Brothers

Rank Stranger

Riding That Midnight Train

Sun, 5/21/17 - 4:04 pm Album | Track

Rim & Mollie O'Brien

Sittin' Alone in the Moonlight

True Life Blues

Sun, 5/21/17 - 4:00 pm Album | Track

Dreadful Snakes

Cash On The Barrelhead

Skakes Alive

Sun, 5/21/17 - 3:56 pm Album | Track

Blue Highway

Say Won't You Be Mine

It's a Long, Long Road

Sun, 5/21/17 - 3:53 pm Album | Track

The Wild Oats

Blueridge Mountain Blues


Sun, 5/21/17 - 3:49 pm Album | Track


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