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!


 Feb 25   sharon and Gary MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

MAR 4   Gary      

MAR 11  Gary

MAR 18  Ted

MAR 25 SHARON /  Steve

APR 1     Gary  

APR 8  Sharon  

APR   Gary  

APR 22  Ted

APR 29 Sharon  /Gary

May 6    SUB TBA

May 13   Ted  

May 20 Gary   

May 27  Sharon/Gary



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Strictly Bluegrass

Artist Title Album Play timesort ascending

Rice Brothers

Bill Cheatham

Tony Rice The Bluegrass Guitar Collection

Sun, 2/18/18 - 5:59 pm Album | Track

Steep Canyon Rangers

Going Midwest

Out in The Open

Sun, 2/18/18 - 5:55 pm Album | Track

Rice Brothers

You're Drifting Away

Rice Brothers

Sun, 2/18/18 - 5:52 pm Album | Track

Lizzy Long & Little Roy Lewis

It's An Unfriendly World

Tradition With a Twist

Sun, 2/18/18 - 5:49 pm Album | Track

James King

Highway To Nowhere

Three Chords and The Truth

Sun, 2/18/18 - 5:47 pm Album | Track

Lynn Morris Band

Shoulder to Shoulder

Shape of a Tear

Sun, 2/18/18 - 5:45 pm Album | Track

Seldom Scene

This Morning At Nine


Sun, 2/18/18 - 5:40 pm Album | Track

Seldom Scene

I'll Be No Stranger There

Long Time...

Sun, 2/18/18 - 5:38 pm Album | Track

Hazel Dickens

Here Today and Gone Tomorrow (w/ Johnson Mountain Boys)

By The Sweat of My Brow

Sun, 2/18/18 - 5:34 pm Album | Track

Johnson Mountain Boys

Walls of Time

Walls of Time

Sun, 2/18/18 - 5:27 pm Album | Track

Seldom Scene

When the Walls Come Tumblin' Down

Scene It All

Sun, 2/18/18 - 5:24 pm Album | Track

Johnson Mountain Boys

Standing In The Need of Prayer


Sun, 2/18/18 - 5:22 pm Album | Track

Alan Munde & Billy Bright


Bright Munde

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

Alan Munde & Billy Bright

Methodist Preacher

Bright Munde

Sun, 2/18/18 - 5:15 pm Album | Track

Junior Sisk and Joe Mullins

I'm So Happy

Hall of Fame Bluegrass!

Sun, 2/18/18 - 5:12 pm Album | Track

Don Rigsby

This World Is Not My Home

& Midnight Call The Voice of God

Sun, 2/18/18 - 5:09 pm Album | Track

Johnson Mountain Boys

Carolina Mountain Home

Johnson Mountain Boys

Sun, 2/18/18 - 5:06 pm Album | Track

Don Rigsby

Home In The Mountains

Doctor's Orders: Tribute to Ralph Stanley

Sun, 2/18/18 - 5:03 pm Album | Track

Don Rigsby

One Prayer Away

& Midnight Call The Voice of God

Sun, 2/18/18 - 4:57 pm Album | Track

Claire Lynch

If Wishes Were Horses

O Sister!

Sun, 2/18/18 - 4:54 pm Album | Track


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