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!



Nov  19     Ted    (or Sharon with  Steve )
Nov  26     Gary
Dec  3       Sharon (with  Gary)
Dec 10      Ted (or  Sharon and Steve) 
Dec 17      Sharon (with steve) 
Dec 24      Gary
Dec 31      Sharon (with steve)


Jan 7     Gary      

Jan 14   Ted

Jan 21    Gary  

Jan 28    sharon and Gary


Feb 4      gary

Feb 11   sharon and Gary

Feb 18   ted

Feb 25   sharon and Gary



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Strictly Bluegrass

Artist Title Album Play timesort ascending

Country Gentlemen

weapon of prayer

early rebel recordings

Sun, 11/12/17 - 4:18 pm Album | Track

Crowe & McLaughlin

I want to be a christian soldier

Going Back

Sun, 11/12/17 - 4:16 pm Album | Track

Rusell Moore III tyme out

Prayer for peace

best of starday king

Sun, 11/12/17 - 4:11 pm Album | Track

Mac Wiseman

Reveille Time in Heaven

Bluegrass Hits and Heartsongs

Sun, 11/12/17 - 4:08 pm Album | Track

larry sparks

Battle of Armegeddon

Larry Sparks sings Hank Williams

Sun, 11/12/17 - 4:04 pm Album | Track

Mac O'Dell

let's Pray

Best of King and Starday

Sun, 11/12/17 - 4:01 pm Album | Track

red allen

back up and push

bluegrass reunion

Sun, 11/12/17 - 4:00 pm Album | Track

Jerry Douglas

Shenandoah Breakdown

Slide Rule

Sun, 11/5/17 - 5:58 pm Album | Track


Ranger's Command

The Hillmen

Sun, 11/5/17 - 5:55 pm Album | Track

Grant Street String Band

Things In Life

Grant Street String Band

Sun, 11/5/17 - 5:52 pm Album | Track

Gibson Brothers

The Prisoner's Song

Red Letter Day

Sun, 11/5/17 - 5:50 pm Album | Track

Earls Of Leicester

What's Good For You

Rattle & Roar

Sun, 11/5/17 - 5:47 pm Album | Track

Dry Branch Fire Squad

The Girl Behind The Bar

Long Journey Home

Sun, 11/5/17 - 5:44 pm Album | Track

Doyle Lawson

Sadie's Got Her New Dress On

BG #1 Hits

Sun, 11/5/17 - 5:40 pm Album | Track

Downtown Mountain Boys

Riding On The L&N


Sun, 11/5/17 - 5:37 pm Album | Track

Delmore Brothers

Goin' Back To The Blueridge Mountains

Totally Essential BG

Sun, 11/5/17 - 5:10 pm Album | Track

Thile & Daves

It Takes One To Know One

Sleep With One Eye Open

Sun, 11/5/17 - 5:06 pm Album | Track

Del McCoury

Queen Anne's Lace

Blue Ribbon BG

Sun, 11/5/17 - 5:03 pm Album | Track

Thile & Daves

Tennessee Blues

Sleep With One Eye Open

Sun, 11/5/17 - 4:58 pm Album | Track

Mike Auldridge

Shenandoah Waltz

Treasures Untold

Sun, 11/5/17 - 4:54 pm Album | Track


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