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!



Dec 10      Ted  

Dec 17      Sharon (with steve) 

Dec 24      Gary

Dec 31      Sharon (with steve)


Jan 7     Gary    

Jan 14   Ted

Jan 21    Gary  

Jan 28    sharon and Gary


Feb 4      gary

Feb 11   sharon and Gary


Feb 25   sharon and Gary MEMBERSHIP DRIVE



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Strictly Bluegrass

Artist Title Album Play timesort ascending

billy burnette shawn camp

burning love

the bluegrass elvises

Sun, 2/11/18 - 4:33 pm Album | Track

bill clifton

give me your love

best of starday king

Sun, 2/11/18 - 4:26 pm Album | Track

david grisman

i'll love nobody but you

here today

Sun, 2/11/18 - 4:22 pm Album | Track

jim eanes

I wouldn't change you if i could

best of starday king

Sun, 2/11/18 - 4:20 pm Album | Track

lynn morris

destination love

You'll Never br the sun

Sun, 2/11/18 - 4:16 pm Album | Track

tim and mollie o'brien

i love you a 1000 ways

take me back

Sun, 2/11/18 - 4:13 pm Album | Track

jimmy Martin

Hit Parade of Love

Box set

Sun, 2/11/18 - 4:11 pm Album | Track

Bill Monroe

a Fallen star


Sun, 2/11/18 - 4:08 pm Album | Track

Two People in Love

Jerry Sartain with Rhonda Vincent


Sun, 2/11/18 - 4:05 pm Album | Track

charlie monroe

guided by love

i'm old kentucky bound

Sun, 2/11/18 - 4:02 pm Album | Track

red allen

back up and push

bluegrass reunion

Sun, 2/11/18 - 4:00 pm Album | Track

Richard Greene

Northern White Clouds

BG Instrumentals

Sun, 2/4/18 - 5:57 pm Album | Track

Jimmy Martin

Ocean Of Diamonds

Songs Of A Freeborn Man

Sun, 2/4/18 - 5:53 pm Album | Track

Hot Rize

Colleen Malone

So Long A Journey

Sun, 2/4/18 - 5:50 pm Album | Track

Dreadful Snakes

Linda Lou

Snakes Alive

Sun, 2/4/18 - 5:46 pm Album | Track

Fare Thee Well

Tony Rice

Cold On The Shoulder

Sun, 2/4/18 - 5:42 pm Album | Track

Lonesome Pine Fiddler

Pain In My Heart

Early Cuts

Sun, 2/4/18 - 5:39 pm Album | Track

Ralph Stanley

I Only Exist

Clinch Mountain Country

Sun, 2/4/18 - 5:35 pm Album | Track

Sonny Osborne

On My Way To The Old Home

Early Cuts

Sun, 2/4/18 - 5:32 pm Album | Track

The Bullas


Blue Ribbon Bluegrass

Sun, 2/4/18 - 5:30 pm Album | Track


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