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

The Dillards

Hamilton County Breakdown

Pickin' and Fiddlin'-Back Porch Bluegrass

Sun, 3/9/14 - 11:00 am Album | Track

Old Crow Medicine Show

Union Maid

Woody Guthrie at 100! Live at the Kennedy Center

Sun, 3/9/14 - 10:56 am Album | Track

Dillard, Hartford , Dillard

High Dad in The Morning

Dillard, Hartford , Dillard

Sun, 3/9/14 - 10:51 am Album | Track

Don Stover

Things In Life

Things In Life

Sun, 3/9/14 - 10:45 am Album | Track

Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys

I Hear a Choo Choo Coming

Live! At McClure

Sun, 3/9/14 - 10:42 am Album | Track

Doc Watson

Riding The Midnight Train

Riding The Midnight Train

Sun, 3/9/14 - 10:33 am Album | Track

Doc Watson and Rosa Lee Watson

Your Long Journey

The Doc Watson Family

Sun, 3/9/14 - 10:27 am Album | Track

Marshall Wilborn

I've Been All Around This World

Root 5: Bass and Banjo

Sun, 3/9/14 - 10:24 am Album | Track

Dolly Parton

Loving You Too Well

Ralph Stanley & Friends Clinch Mountain Sweethearts

Sun, 3/9/14 - 10:16 am Album | Track

Jimmy Martin

Sunny Side of the Mountain

High Lonesome

Sun, 3/9/14 - 10:08 am Album | Track

The Stanley Brothers

White Dove

& The Clinch Mountain Boys 1949-'52

Sun, 3/9/14 - 10:05 am Album | Track

Flatt & Scruggs

Foggy Mountain Breakdown

1948-1959 Vol 1

Sun, 3/9/14 - 10:00 am Album | Track

seldom scene

answer your call

new seldom scene album

Tue, 3/4/14 - 11:28 am Album | Track

Jim Paul Blair

Can't you Hear me Calling

Fresh Off the Strings

Tue, 3/4/14 - 11:25 am Album | Track

Hazel and Alice

Take me back to Tulsa

Pioneering WOmen in Bluegrass

Tue, 3/4/14 - 11:17 am Album | Track

Seldom Scene

San Antonio Rose

Act Four

Tue, 3/4/14 - 11:15 am Album | Track

Osborne Breothers

Maiden's Prayer

Box Set

Tue, 3/4/14 - 11:13 am Album | Track

Don Rgsby

Brand new Tennesse Waltz

Doctor's Orders

Sun, 2/16/14 - 11:57 am Album | Track

David Davis

That's When I Cried

Two Dimes and a Nickel

Sun, 2/16/14 - 11:53 am Album | Track

David Davis

I've Been All Around this World

Two Dimes and a Nickel

Sun, 2/16/14 - 11:50 am Album | Track


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