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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

Alison Krauss & Gillian Welch

I'll Fly Away

O Brother

Sun, 4/1/18 - 4:26 pm Album | Track

David Grier

Forked Deer


Sun, 4/1/18 - 4:22 pm Album | Track

Johnson Mountain Boys

Harbor Of Love

Long Journey Home

Sun, 4/1/18 - 4:19 pm Album | Track

Watson, Thompson & Craver

Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow

Meeting In The Air

Sun, 4/1/18 - 4:16 pm Album | Track

Lawson & Williams

I'll Still Write Your Name In The Sand

Chapter 3

Sun, 4/1/18 - 4:11 pm Album | Track

Alison Krauss & Cox Family

Far Side Bank Of Jordan

I Know Who Holds Tomorrow

Sun, 4/1/18 - 4:08 pm Album | Track

Mac Wiseman

Love Letters In The Sand

24 Greatest Hits

Sun, 4/1/18 - 4:05 pm Album | Track

Lonesome River Band

Crazy Heart

One Step Forward

Sun, 4/1/18 - 3:59 pm Album | Track

Peter Rowan & NBB

Memories Of You

New Moon Rising

Sun, 4/1/18 - 3:56 pm Album | Track

Bill Monroe

Stay Away From Me

Music of Bill Monroe

Sun, 4/1/18 - 3:51 pm Album | Track

Tony Rice

Go My Way

Native American

Sun, 4/1/18 - 3:48 pm Album | Track

Patty Loveless

I Know You're Married

Mountain Soul

Sun, 4/1/18 - 3:45 pm Album | Track

Connell & Rigsby

Short Life Of Trouble

Meet Me By The Moonlight

Sun, 4/1/18 - 3:40 pm Album | Track


Train That Carried My Girl


Sun, 4/1/18 - 3:37 pm Album | Track

James King

Letters Have No Arms

Lonesome And Then Some

Sun, 4/1/18 - 3:35 pm Album | Track

Red Allen

Whose Shoulder Will You Cry On

Lonesome And Blue

Sun, 4/1/18 - 3:31 pm Album | Track

Seldom Scene

Some Morning Soon

Like We Used To Be

Sun, 4/1/18 - 3:27 pm Album | Track

Stanley Brothers

Angel Band

Complete Mercury

Sun, 4/1/18 - 3:25 pm Album | Track

Steve Martin

Daddy Played The Banjo

The Crow

Sun, 4/1/18 - 3:21 pm Album | Track

Dry Branch Fire Squad

Fifty Miles Of Elbow Room

Live at Newburyport

Sun, 4/1/18 - 3:18 pm Album | Track


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