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 descending

red allen

backup and push

bluegrass reunion

Sun, 2/16/14 - 10:00 am Album | Track

Berlls of Joy

Talk About Jesus


Sun, 2/16/14 - 10:05 am Album | Track

Doyle Lawson

Rock my Soul

Rock My Soul

Sun, 2/16/14 - 10:07 am Album | Track

Blind Lemon Jefferson

Where Shall I Be Sun, 2/16/14 - 10:10 am Album | Track

Carter Family

Where shall I Be

In the Shadows of the Mountains

Sun, 2/16/14 - 10:13 am Album | Track

Larry Sparks

Where shall I be

The rock I stand on

Sun, 2/16/14 - 10:16 am Album | Track

Leslie Riddle

Working on a Building

Step by Step

Sun, 2/16/14 - 10:19 am Album | Track

Bill Monroe

Working on a Building

Box Set

Sun, 2/16/14 - 10:22 am Album | Track

Marshall Family

Amazing Grace

True Bluegrass Gospel

Sun, 2/16/14 - 10:25 am Album | Track

Nashville Bluegrass Band

We Decided to Make Jesus Our Choice

Waiting for the Hard Times to Go

Sun, 2/16/14 - 10:28 am Album | Track

Nashville Bluegrass Band

Every Humble Knee

Waiting for the Hard Times to Go

Sun, 2/16/14 - 10:31 am Album | Track

Carter Family

Home in the Rock

In the Shadow of Clinch Mountain

Sun, 2/16/14 - 10:35 am Album | Track

Flatt and Scruggs

God Gave Noah the Rainbow Sign

Box Set 64-69

Sun, 2/16/14 - 10:38 am Album | Track

Lilly Brothers

When the Saints go Marching In

At the Roots

Sun, 2/16/14 - 10:45 am Album | Track

Benny Martin

Swing Low

True Bluegrass Gospel

Sun, 2/16/14 - 10:47 am Album | Track

Richard Green

Beaumont Rag

35 years

Sun, 2/16/14 - 10:53 am Album | Track

Bluegrass Alliance

Panhandle Rag


Sun, 2/16/14 - 10:56 am Album | Track

Leslie Riddle

I know what it means to be lonesome

Step by Step

Sun, 2/16/14 - 10:58 am Album | Track

Flatt and Scruggs

I know what it means to be Lonesome

Box Set

Sun, 2/16/14 - 11:01 am Album | Track

Bill Monroe


Music of Bill Monroe

Sun, 2/16/14 - 11:05 am Album | Track


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