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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 internet only Tuesday's 8am-9am   A Blues Groove..

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!




     10   Gary  

     17 sharon  with Steve Barber

     24  Ted

JULY 1 sharon with Gary

      8 Ted

     15  Gary

     22  Ted

     29 sharon  with Steve Barber


      5  Gary

      12 sharon with Gary

      19   ted

      26   sharon  with Steve Barber





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Strictly Bluegrass

Artist Title Album Play timesort ascending

dan paisley

somewhere between

forty years of trouble

Sun, 4/8/18 - 3:46 pm Album | Track

travers chandler

long black limosine

pardon me

Sun, 4/8/18 - 3:42 pm Album | Track

merle haggard

blues stay away

peer session

Sun, 4/8/18 - 3:37 pm Album | Track

merle haggard

put me in your pocket

the peer sessions

Sun, 4/8/18 - 3:34 pm Album | Track

merle haggard

big city

the bluegrass session

Sun, 4/8/18 - 3:30 pm Album | Track

peter rowan

Take my ashes

carter stanley's eyes

Sun, 4/8/18 - 3:24 pm Album | Track

price sisters

God's beautiful Hills

a heart never knows

Sun, 4/8/18 - 3:22 pm Album | Track

peter rowan

the light in carter stanley's eyes

carter stanley's eyes

Sun, 4/8/18 - 3:19 pm Album | Track

price sisters

get on the main highway

carter stanley's eyes

Sun, 4/8/18 - 3:17 pm Album | Track

peter rowan

will you miss me

carter stanley's eyes

Sun, 4/8/18 - 3:11 pm Album | Track

david Parmley

don't give up on me

best of

Sun, 4/8/18 - 3:06 pm Album | Track

del mcCoury

get down on your knees and pray


Sun, 4/8/18 - 3:03 pm Album | Track

red allen

back up and push

bluegrass reunion

Sun, 4/8/18 - 3:00 pm Album | Track

Richard Greene

Close By

Sales Tax Toddle

Sun, 4/1/18 - 4:57 pm Album | Track

Man Of Constant Sorrow

Stanley Brothers

Riding That Midnight Train

Sun, 4/1/18 - 4:52 pm Album | Track

Gibson Brothers

One Raindrop

Red Letter Day

Sun, 4/1/18 - 4:49 pm Album | Track

Tony Rice

I Wonder Where You Are Tonight

Plays And Sings BG

Sun, 4/1/18 - 4:45 pm Album | Track

Ralph Stanley

Girl On The Greenbriar Shore

Ralph Stanley

Sun, 4/1/18 - 4:37 pm Album | Track

John Hartford

Turn Your Radio On


Sun, 4/1/18 - 4:33 pm Album | Track

Perfect Strangers

If We Never Meet Again

Perfect Strangers

Sun, 4/1/18 - 4:30 pm Album | Track


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