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

Sauceman Brothers

Alcatraz Island Blues

Om WCYB Bristol

Sun, 2/4/18 - 5:26 pm Album | Track

Arvil Freeman

Dance All Night

Self Recorded

Sun, 2/4/18 - 5:24 pm Album | Track

Csorba & Knowler

Lick Mountain Ramble

Self Recorded

Sun, 2/4/18 - 5:19 pm Album | Track

Wilkinson's Quartet

Please Don't Break My Heart

Self Recorded

Sun, 2/4/18 - 5:16 pm Album | Track

Stovetop Rangers

I Got Mine

Self Recorded

Sun, 2/4/18 - 5:13 pm Album | Track

Ralph Stanley & Laurie Lewis

Your Old Love Letters

Clinch Mountain Country

Sun, 2/4/18 - 4:59 pm Album | Track

Jim & Jesse

I'm Gonna Love You

Songs Of The Louvin Brothers

Sun, 2/4/18 - 4:56 pm Album | Track

Taylor & McCall

Foggy Mountain Top

BG Unlimited Sampler

Sun, 2/4/18 - 4:54 pm Album | Track

Claire Lynch

Train Long Gone

BG Number One Hits

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

Here Today

Sweet Little Miss Blue Eyes

BG Mountain Style

Sun, 2/4/18 - 4:48 pm Album | Track

Flatt Lonesome

I'm Blue

BG Mastery

Sun, 2/4/18 - 4:44 pm Album | Track

Jim Lauderdale

It Wasn't That I Had To


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

Alan Jackson

Wild And Blue

BG Album

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

Merle Haggard

Holding Things Together

BG Sessions

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

Connie & Babe

Roll On Blues

Early Cuts

Sun, 2/4/18 - 4:29 pm Album | Track

A K & Union Station

Blue Trail Of Sorrow

Blue Trail Of Sorrow

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

J. D. Crowe

Why Don't You Tell Me So?

Blue Ribbon BG

Sun, 2/4/18 - 4:19 pm Album | Track

Blue Highway

Don't Come Out Of The Hole

Blue Highway

Sun, 2/4/18 - 4:15 pm Album | Track

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Blue Night

Big Mon

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

Rhonda Vincent

Lonesome Wind Blues

Back Home Again

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


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