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


auld lang syne

christmas on the mountain

Sun, 12/31/17 - 4:00 pm Album | Track

Jim Eanes

Florida Blues

BG Early Cuts

Sun, 12/24/17 - 5:58 pm Album | Track

Red Clay Ramblers

Girl Behind The Bar

Classic BG

Sun, 12/24/17 - 5:55 pm Album | Track

Seldom Scene

Only A Hobo

Blue Ridge

Sun, 12/24/17 - 5:52 pm Album | Track

Flatt & Scruggs

Footprints In The Snow

Carnegie Hall

Sun, 12/24/17 - 5:49 pm Album | Track

Cox Family

When God Dips His Pen

Blue Ribbon BG

Sun, 12/24/17 - 5:45 pm Album | Track

Carolina Road

Cold Carolina Snow

The Road That Took You There

Sun, 12/24/17 - 5:42 pm Album | Track

Greenbriar Boys

I'm Coming Back

Vanguard Years

Sun, 12/24/17 - 5:38 pm Album | Track

Nashville Bluegrass Band

No Hiding Place

BG Class of 1990

Sun, 12/24/17 - 5:35 pm Album | Track

David Grisman

I Ain't Broke

BG Class of 1990

Sun, 12/24/17 - 5:32 pm Album | Track

Jim Eanes

Blue Yodel #1

BG Early Cuts

Sun, 12/24/17 - 5:30 pm Album | Track

Roy Hall

I Wonder Where You Are

BG Early Cuts

Sun, 12/24/17 - 5:27 pm Album | Track

The Morris Brothers

Salty Dog

BG Early Cuts

Sun, 12/24/17 - 5:24 pm Album | Track

Flatt Lonesome

Highway Of Pain


Sun, 12/24/17 - 5:18 pm Album | Track

Richard Greene

Close By

Sales Tax Toddle

Sun, 12/24/17 - 5:15 pm Album | Track

Laurie Lewis

Who Will Watch The Home Place

True Stories

Sun, 12/24/17 - 5:08 pm Album | Track

Carr & Munde

Two Different Worlds

Windy Days

Sun, 12/24/17 - 5:05 pm Album | Track


Another Day, Another Dollar

Down To My Last Dollar

Sun, 12/24/17 - 4:56 pm Album | Track

Joe Val

Diamond Joe

Diamond Joe

Sun, 12/24/17 - 4:52 pm Album | Track

Lonesome River Band

Counting The Days

Carrying The Tradition

Sun, 12/24/17 - 4:49 pm Album | Track


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