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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

Flatt and Scruggs

God Gave Noah the Rainbow Sign

Box Set 64-69

Sun, 2/16/14 - 10:38 am Album | Track

Carter Family

Home in the Rock

In the Shadow of Clinch Mountain

Sun, 2/16/14 - 10:35 am Album | Track

Nashville Bluegrass Band

Every Humble Knee

Waiting for the Hard Times to Go

Sun, 2/16/14 - 10:31 am Album | Track

Nashville Bluegrass Band

We Decided to Make Jesus Our Choice

Waiting for the Hard Times to Go

Sun, 2/16/14 - 10:28 am Album | Track

Marshall Family

Amazing Grace

True Bluegrass Gospel

Sun, 2/16/14 - 10:25 am Album | Track

Bill Monroe

Working on a Building

Box Set

Sun, 2/16/14 - 10:22 am Album | Track

Leslie Riddle

Working on a Building

Step by Step

Sun, 2/16/14 - 10:19 am Album | Track

Larry Sparks

Where shall I be

The rock I stand on

Sun, 2/16/14 - 10:16 am Album | Track

Carter Family

Where shall I Be

In the Shadows of the Mountains

Sun, 2/16/14 - 10:13 am Album | Track

Blind Lemon Jefferson

Where Shall I Be Sun, 2/16/14 - 10:10 am Album | Track

Doyle Lawson

Rock my Soul

Rock My Soul

Sun, 2/16/14 - 10:07 am Album | Track

Berlls of Joy

Talk About Jesus


Sun, 2/16/14 - 10:05 am Album | Track

red allen

backup and push

bluegrass reunion

Sun, 2/16/14 - 10:00 am Album | Track


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