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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

Audie Blaylock & Redline

Mountain Laurel in Bloom

Audie Blalock & Redline

Sun, 3/25/18 - 3:44 pm Album | Track

ramblers choice

Mama's Flowers

Mama's Hand

Sun, 3/25/18 - 3:39 pm Album | Track

connie & Babe

Will the the flowers bloom

bluegrass early cuts 31-53

Sun, 3/25/18 - 3:36 pm Album | Track

rhonda vincent

prettiest flowers there

all american bluegrass

Sun, 3/25/18 - 3:32 pm Album | Track

roy hall and his blueridge entertainers

where the roses never fade

bluegrass early cuts

Sun, 3/25/18 - 3:29 pm Album | Track

ricky skaggs

will the roses bloom

skaggs and rice

Sun, 3/25/18 - 3:26 pm Album | Track

red allen

plant some flowers by my graveside

melodeon and rebel recordings

Sun, 3/25/18 - 3:24 pm Album | Track

dave evans and river bend

sweeter than the flowers

best of the vetco years

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

Ralph Stanley and BR 549

gathering flowers for the master's boquet

clinch mountain country

Sun, 3/25/18 - 3:16 pm Album | Track

laurel bliss and cliff perry

come spring

old pal

Sun, 3/25/18 - 3:12 pm Album | Track

josh crowe

local flowers

dixie and Tom T Hall

Sun, 3/25/18 - 3:08 pm Album | Track

flatt and scruggs

give me the flowers while i'm living

box set 1959-1963

Sun, 3/25/18 - 3:04 pm Album | Track

red allen

back up and push

bluegrass reunion

Sun, 3/25/18 - 3:00 pm Album | Track

The Tony Rice Unit

Stony Point


Sun, 3/18/18 - 4:57 pm Album | Track

Hazel Dickens

Old and In the Way

By The Sweat of My Brow

Sun, 3/18/18 - 4:54 pm Album | Track

Hot Rize

Western Skies

When I'm Free

Sun, 3/18/18 - 4:49 pm Album | Track

John Prine


Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott Memories and Moments

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

David Grisman

Pretty Polly

Home is Where the Heart Is

Sun, 3/18/18 - 4:38 pm Album | Track

Jimmy Martin

Prayer Bell of Heaven

You Don't Know My Mind 1956-1966

Sun, 3/18/18 - 4:36 pm Album | Track

Jimmy Martin

You Don't Know My Mind

You Don't Know My Mind 1956-1966

Sun, 3/18/18 - 4:32 pm Album | Track


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