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!



APR 8  Sharon  and Steve Barber

APR   Gary  

APR 22  Ted

APR 29 Sharon  /Gary

May 6    Special DJ Dan Foster with  Dennis Campa

May 13   Ted  

May 20 Gary   

May 27  Sharon/Gary



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Strictly Bluegrass

Artist Title Albumsort descending Play time

shakem ups

hand me down my walking cane Sun, 8/31/14 - 11:41 am Album | Track

devin jake sophia johnson

Sun, 2/26/17 - 4:10 pm Album | Track

rose maddox

I'll fly away Sun, 6/19/16 - 11:38 am Album | Track

benny and vallie cain

somebody's waiting for me Sun, 7/19/15 - 10:47 am Album | Track

gibson brothers

Sun, 2/26/17 - 4:05 pm Album | Track

The dillards

groundhog Sun, 8/31/14 - 11:33 am Album | Track

rose maddox

Sun, 2/26/17 - 4:02 pm Album | Track

red allen

back up and push Sun, 2/26/17 - 4:00 pm Album | Track

fats domino

when the saints go marching in Sun, 2/1/15 - 10:40 am Album | Track

canote brothers

obama's march to the white house Sun, 1/18/15 - 10:47 am Album | Track

Crow and McLaughlin

I want to be a soldier Sun, 11/6/16 - 10:08 am Album | Track

benny and vallie cain

somebody's waiting for me Sun, 7/16/17 - 4:30 pm Album | Track

the wilders

when the Levee's Gone Sun, 8/10/14 - 11:46 am Album | Track

rouse brothers

orange blossom special Sun, 3/29/15 - 11:00 am Album | Track

red allen

back up and push Sun, 11/30/14 - 10:00 am Album | Track

high plains jamboree

Terry Allen tune Sun, 5/7/17 - 4:17 pm Album | Track

e stoneman

midnight on the stormy deep Sun, 7/30/17 - 4:05 pm Album | Track
love z Sun, 9/13/15 - 11:00 am Album | Track

Alan munde joe carr

Sun, 2/26/17 - 5:17 pm Album | Track

Blind Lemon Jefferson

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


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