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

tony williamson

let it snow

winter wonderland

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

jim eanes

it won't seem like christmas

christmas jamboree

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

Jim Eanes

Christmas doll

christmas jamboree

Sun, 12/17/17 - 5:40 pm Album | Track

larry sparks

blue christmas

christmas in the mountains

Sun, 12/17/17 - 5:36 pm Album | Track

jimmy martin

christmas is everywhere

christmas jamboree

Sun, 12/17/17 - 5:33 pm Album | Track

jessee mcReynolds

christmas waltz

pinecastle christmas gathering

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

hylo brown

christmas in the hills

christmas jamboree

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

wildwood valley boyx

christmas in caroline

christmas in the mountains

Sun, 12/17/17 - 5:25 pm Album | Track

wildwood valley boys

when it's snowin' in the mountains

christmas in the mountain

Sun, 12/17/17 - 5:22 pm Album | Track

Benny Martin

Santa Claus is From the south

Christmas Jamboree

Sun, 12/17/17 - 5:19 pm Album | Track

Mac Wiseman Del McCoury Band

Our 12 days of Bluegrass Christmas

christmas on the mountains

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

Del McCoury Band

Bluegrass Christmas

christmas on the mountain

Sun, 12/17/17 - 5:14 pm Album | Track

james king

call collect on christmas

oh christmas

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

ralph stanley II

mary merry christmas

christmas on the mountains

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

jimmy martin

to mother at christmas

christmas jamboree

Sun, 12/17/17 - 5:02 pm Album | Track

Reno & Smiley

CHristmas Reunion

christmas jamboree

Sun, 12/17/17 - 5:00 pm Album | Track

jimmy martin

jingle bells

christmas jamboree

Sun, 12/17/17 - 4:58 pm Album | Track

louie setzer

christmas in tennessee

jukebox bluegrass

Sun, 12/17/17 - 4:55 pm Album | Track

paul williams

i can't go home this christmas

christmas in the mountains

Sun, 12/17/17 - 4:50 pm Album | Track

groovegrass mac wiseman

christmas memories

christmas on the mountain

Sun, 12/17/17 - 4:47 pm Album | Track


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