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!




Aug 6 -    Sharon and Steve  

Aug  13 -  Ted  

Aug  20 -   Sharon and Steve 

Aug   27 - gary  

Sept 3    gary

Sept 10  gary

Sept 17   ted  

Sept 24  sharon  and gary

Oct 1      gary

Oct 8      ted  

Oct 15    sharon and gary

Oct 22    Ted

Oct 29    Sharon  

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Strictly Bluegrass

Artistsort descending Title Album Play time
the angels rejoyced Sun, 7/13/14 - 10:39 am Album | Track
love z Sun, 9/13/15 - 11:00 am Album | Track
you'll be rewarded over there Sun, 7/13/14 - 10:14 am Album | Track

3 Fox Drive

the star spangled family

celebration of Life Musiians against Childhood Cancer

Sun, 6/11/17 - 3:47 pm Album | Track

Adam Steffey

Let Me Fall

One More For the Road

Sun, 11/23/14 - 10:52 am Album | Track

Adam Steffey

Dear Fohn

Here to Stay

Sun, 10/2/16 - 11:47 am Album | Track

Adam Steffey

Mountain Man

Here to Stay

Sun, 10/2/16 - 11:41 am Album | Track

Adam Steffey

Daybreak In Dixie


Sun, 5/28/17 - 3:01 pm Album | Track

Adam Steffey

Big Country


Sun, 11/29/15 - 11:58 am Album | Track

Adam Steffey

Mountain Man

Here to Stay

Sun, 1/1/17 - 11:56 am Album | Track

adam steffey

ways of the world

new primitive

Sun, 11/2/14 - 11:03 am Album | Track

Adam Steffey

Big Country


Sun, 4/3/16 - 10:53 am Album | Track

adrienne young

ella arkansas

the art of virtue

Sun, 9/14/14 - 11:42 am Album | Track

adrienne young

rastus russell

the art of virtue

Sun, 9/14/14 - 11:30 am Album | Track

Air Cargo

The Windmill

Aug 23 2013 show

Sun, 5/4/14 - 10:10 am Album | Track



live in studio

Sun, 11/2/14 - 11:09 am Album | Track

al jones

the children are crying

hard core bluegrass

Sun, 11/2/14 - 11:34 am Album | Track

Al Jones and Frznk Necessary

Reaching for the Sun

Traditional BLuegrass

Sun, 8/20/17 - 4:24 pm Album | Track

al jones and the spruce mt boys

calling your name

cheap love affair

Sun, 6/25/17 - 4:52 pm Album | Track

Al Jones, Frank Necessary

Letter Have No Arms

True Bluegrass

Sun, 8/30/15 - 10:10 am Album | Track


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