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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

Boone Creek

Little Community Church

One Way Track

Sun, 3/11/18 - 4:48 pm Album | Track

O'Bryant, McCoury, White

Get Down On Your Knees

True Life Blues

Sun, 3/11/18 - 4:45 pm Album | Track

Blue Highway

It Won't Be Long

Wondrous Love

Sun, 3/11/18 - 4:42 pm Album | Track

Red Allen

Is It Too Late Now

100% Handmade BG

Sun, 3/11/18 - 4:37 pm Album | Track

Mike Auldridge

Are You Waiting Just For Me

Treasures Untold

Sun, 3/11/18 - 4:34 pm Album | Track

Nashville BG Band

Old Devils Dream

BG Class of 1990

Sun, 3/11/18 - 4:29 pm Album | Track

Open Road

Petals In My Pocket

BG Borders Style

Sun, 3/11/18 - 4:25 pm Album | Track

Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper

Sunny Side Of The Mountain

Country Boy's Dream

Sun, 3/11/18 - 4:22 pm Album | Track

James Reams & The Barnstormers

Cincinnati Southern

Gold Rush At Copper Creek

Sun, 3/11/18 - 4:17 pm Album | Track

Lonesome River Band

Long Gone

Top Of The Hill BG

Sun, 3/11/18 - 4:14 pm Album | Track

Monroe Brothers

Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms

O Brother

Sun, 3/11/18 - 4:12 pm Album | Track

Dreadful Snakes

Sally Ann

Bluegrass Breakdown

Sun, 3/11/18 - 4:09 pm Album | Track

Kathy Kallick Band



Sun, 3/11/18 - 4:04 pm Album | Track

Osborne Brothers

The Bluebirds Are Singing For Me

Essential BG Album

Sun, 3/11/18 - 4:02 pm Album | Track

Red Allen

Love Please Come Home

100% Handmade BG

Sun, 3/11/18 - 3:58 pm Album | Track

Jody Stecher

Way Downtown

100% Handmade BG

Sun, 3/11/18 - 3:54 pm Album | Track

Downtown Mountain Boys

Riding On The L&N


Sun, 3/11/18 - 3:51 pm Album | Track

Joe Carr

Mike Richey Special

Windy Days & Dusty Skies

Sun, 3/11/18 - 3:48 pm Album | Track

J. D. Crowe

Some Old Day

Cracker Barrel J. D. Crowe

Sun, 3/11/18 - 3:43 pm Album | Track

Tony Rice

Greenlight On The Southern

BG Class of 1990

Sun, 3/11/18 - 3:40 pm Album | Track


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