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 Albumsort descending Play time

gibson brothers

leaving this town for the last time Sun, 2/26/17 - 4:51 pm Album | Track

david grisman

dawg's Bull Sun, 8/31/14 - 10:27 am Album | Track

fog and bone

walk out Sun, 5/1/16 - 11:48 am Album | Track

don stover

west virginia coal miner's blues Sun, 8/31/14 - 10:24 am Album | Track

red allen

if that's the way you feel Sun, 6/21/15 - 10:39 am Album | Track

fog and bone

Pig in a Pen Sun, 5/1/16 - 11:45 am Album | Track

church brothers

roll in my sweet baby's arms Sun, 2/11/18 - 5:36 pm Album | Track

bluegrass cardinals

Sun, 6/18/17 - 3:02 pm Album | Track

red allen

troubles keep hangin round my door Sun, 8/31/14 - 10:22 am Album | Track

jim and artie marshall

night the angels sang Sun, 10/8/17 - 4:28 pm Album | Track

mostly mountain boys

lonesome road blues Sun, 10/12/14 - 10:45 am Album | Track

Fog and Bone

Old Folks at Home Sun, 5/1/16 - 11:43 am Album | Track

high plains jamboree

steam thresher's reunion Sun, 5/7/17 - 4:13 pm Album | Track

red allen

back up and push Sun, 6/18/17 - 3:00 pm Album | Track

alfalfa brothers

head over heels in love with you Sun, 10/12/14 - 10:42 am Album | Track

harrick bolick

tupelo blues Sun, 5/1/16 - 11:30 am Album | Track

austin steamers

Norman's Folly Sun, 8/10/14 - 11:00 am Album | Track

high plains jamboree

soft gravel stone Sun, 5/7/17 - 4:09 pm Album | Track

stoneman's mountaineers

sweeping through the gates Sun, 7/30/17 - 3:16 pm Album | Track

devin jake and sophia johnson

anywhere bound Sun, 11/20/16 - 11:25 am Album | Track


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