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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

BG Album Band

Talk It All Over With Him

BG Album, Vol 4

Sun, 3/4/18 - 5:19 pm Album | Track

Perfect Strangers

Twenty One Years

Perfect Strangers

Sun, 3/4/18 - 5:09 pm Album | Track

Dan Tyminski

Whose Shoulder Will You Cry On

BG Unlimited Sampler

Sun, 3/4/18 - 5:06 pm Album | Track

Charlie Sizemore

Alison's Band

BG Number One Hits

Sun, 3/4/18 - 4:59 pm Album | Track

Lonesome Pine Fiddlers

Twenty One Years

BG Early Cuts

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

Tony Rice

John Hardy

Art Of Oldtime

Sun, 3/4/18 - 4:50 pm Album | Track

Stanley Brothers

This Weary Hearty

Angel Band

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

John Hartford

Back In The Goodle Days


Sun, 3/4/18 - 4:38 pm Album | Track

Downtown Mountain Boys

Wearin A Hole

Hey John

Sun, 3/4/18 - 4:33 pm Album | Track

Ricky Skaggs

I Believed In You, Darlin'

Ancient Tones

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

Hot Pickin' 57's

Bluegrass Sorta Guy

Greetings From Austin

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

Jimmy Martin

It Takes One To Know One

Songs Of A Freeborn Man

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

Flatt & Scruggs

Homestead On The Farm

Songs of Carter Family

Sun, 3/4/18 - 4:15 pm Album | Track

Lewis & Kallick

True Life Blues

True Life Blues

Sun, 3/4/18 - 4:08 pm Album | Track


Red Clay Halo

American Beauty

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

Mike Scott

Bully Of The Town

Mountain Valley BG

Sun, 3/4/18 - 4:00 pm Album | Track

hot rize

empty pocket blues

lie at the boulder theater

Sun, 2/25/18 - 5:56 pm Album | Track

Dock Roberts

New Money

Fiddling Dock Roberts

Sun, 2/25/18 - 5:53 pm Album | Track

Craer, Hicks, Watson & newberry

You've Been a Friend to me

You've been a Friend to me

Sun, 2/25/18 - 5:46 pm Album | Track

Jody Stecker Kate Brislin

Old Pal of Yesterday

Blue Lightening

Sun, 2/25/18 - 5:43 pm Album | Track


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