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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

Lynn Morris Band

Love Grown Cold

BG Borders Style

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

Stanley Brothers

The Fields Have Turned Brown

O Brother

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

Dry Branch Fire Squad

Walking Back To Richmond

Come To The Mountain

Sun, 3/11/18 - 3:30 pm Album | Track

Becky Buller

Speaking To The Mountain

Crepe Paper Heart

Sun, 3/11/18 - 3:28 pm Album | Track

Johnson Mountain Boys

Duncan & Brady

Hills Of Home

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

Josh Williams

Tennessee Blues

Now That You're Gone

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

Sonoran Dogs

Navajo Rug

Navajo Rug

Sun, 3/11/18 - 3:15 pm Album | Track

Whitstein Brothers

Where The Old Red River Flows

Hills Of Home

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

King Wilkie

Broke Down & Lonesome

This Is Americana

Sun, 3/11/18 - 3:07 pm Album | Track

Ronnie & Rob McCoury

Thanks A Lot

Ronnie & Rob McCoury

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

Tom Adams

Bluegrass Breakdown

Bluegrass Breakdown

Sun, 3/11/18 - 3:00 pm Album | Track

Michael Cleveland

Goin Up Dry Branch

Fired Up

Sun, 3/4/18 - 5:57 pm Album | Track

Country Gentlemen

The In Crowd

Sugar Hill Collection

Sun, 3/4/18 - 5:53 pm Album | Track

Ralph Stanley

If I Lose

Clinch Mountain Country

Sun, 3/4/18 - 5:49 pm Album | Track

Red Allen

I'll Take The Blame

Classic BG From Smithsonian

Sun, 3/4/18 - 5:46 pm Album | Track

Old & In The Way

Drifting Too Far


Sun, 3/4/18 - 5:39 pm Album | Track

Lynn MOrris

I'll Pretend It's Raining

Bramble And The Rose

Sun, 3/4/18 - 5:36 pm Album | Track

Jim Mills

No Teardrops Tonight

Bound To Ride

Sun, 3/4/18 - 5:30 pm Album | Track

Ricky Skaggs

Boston Boy

Ancient Tones

Sun, 3/4/18 - 5:27 pm Album | Track

J. D. Crowe

Prayer Bells In Heaven

BG Mastery

Sun, 3/4/18 - 5:23 pm Album | Track


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