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!



Dec 10      Ted  

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 25   sharon and Gary MEMBERSHIP DRIVE



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Strictly Bluegrass

Artist Title Album Play timesort ascending

bluegrass cardinals

blue eyed boston boy

rounder 25 years

Sun, 11/9/14 - 11:24 am Album | Track

bill monroe

soldier's joy

box set

Sun, 11/9/14 - 11:21 am Album | Track

gloria bell

Teardrops falling

tribute to molly o'day

Sun, 11/9/14 - 11:17 am Album | Track

jimmy martin

i'm coming back but i don't know when

box set

Sun, 11/9/14 - 11:10 am Album | Track

bass mountain boys

the dying soldier

carolina calling me

Sun, 11/9/14 - 11:05 am Album | Track

country gentlemen

legend of the rebel soldier4

early country gentlemen

Sun, 11/9/14 - 11:03 am Album | Track

tony rice

midnight on the stormy deep

rounder 25 years

Sun, 11/9/14 - 11:00 am Album | Track

mac wiseman

when the roses bloom again

bluegrass hits and heartsongs

Sun, 11/9/14 - 10:57 am Album | Track

the grascals

me and john and paul

the grascals

Sun, 11/9/14 - 10:52 am Album | Track

country gentlemen

two little boys

20 bluegrass originals

Sun, 11/9/14 - 10:49 am Album | Track

Hazel and Alice

two soldiers

Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard

Sun, 11/9/14 - 10:46 am Album | Track

bill Monroe/Doc Watson

Soldier's joy

live recordings

Sun, 11/9/14 - 10:43 am Album | Track

wilma lee and stoney cooper

on the evening train

heartbreak street

Sun, 11/9/14 - 10:40 am Album | Track

dave evans and river bend

soldier's return

best of the vetco years

Sun, 11/9/14 - 10:35 am Album | Track

j.d. crowe

down where the river bends

bluegrass holiday

Sun, 11/9/14 - 10:31 am Album | Track

chubby wise

under the double eagle

an american original

Sun, 11/9/14 - 10:28 am Album | Track

reno & smiley

soldier's last letter

together again

Sun, 11/9/14 - 10:21 am Album | Track

blue highway

He walked all the way home


Sun, 11/9/14 - 10:18 am Album | Track

russell moore

prayer for peace

russel moore and IIIrd tymout

Sun, 11/9/14 - 10:15 am Album | Track

james king

called from potter's field

bed by the window

Sun, 11/9/14 - 10:09 am Album | Track


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