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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!




     10   Gary  

     17 sharon  with Steve Barber

     24  Ted

JULY 1 sharon with Gary

      8 Ted

     15  Gary

     22  Ted

     29 sharon  with Steve Barber


      5  Gary

      12 sharon with Gary

      19   ted

      26   sharon  with Steve Barber





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Strictly Bluegrass

Artist Title Album Play timesort ascending

Big Country Bluegrass

Like the Boys on Music Row

Memories of the Past

Sun, 6/29/14 - 10:49 am Album | Track

David Parmley

That's Why they call 'Em the blues

Southern Heritage

Sun, 6/29/14 - 10:45 am Album | Track

Larry Cordle

Murder on Music Row

Murder on Music Row

Sun, 6/29/14 - 10:40 am Album | Track

wildwood valley boys

the spirit of america

songs from the wildwood valley boys

Sun, 6/29/14 - 10:38 am Album | Track

Country Gentlemen

This Land is your land

High Lonesome

Sun, 6/29/14 - 10:35 am Album | Track

Country Gentlemen

New Freedom Bell

Early Rebel Recordings

Sun, 6/29/14 - 10:31 am Album | Track

Ralph Stanley

are you proud of america

Echos of the Stanley Brothers

Sun, 6/29/14 - 10:27 am Album | Track

Larry Cordle

Song for Keith

Took Down and Put Up

Sun, 6/29/14 - 10:23 am Album | Track

larry sparks

great high mountain

let him lead you on

Sun, 6/29/14 - 10:20 am Album | Track

IIIrd Tyme Out

prayer for peace

IIIrd tyme out

Sun, 6/29/14 - 10:14 am Album | Track


new kid in town

pinecastle christmas

Sun, 6/29/14 - 10:10 am Album | Track

the spinney brothers

On the glorious

no borders

Sun, 6/29/14 - 10:06 am Album | Track

chubby wise

under the double eagle eagle

an american original

Sun, 6/29/14 - 10:02 am Album | Track

red allen

back up and push

bluegrass reunion

Sun, 6/29/14 - 10:00 am Album | Track

Stanley Brothers

Little Bennie

King Years

Mon, 6/16/14 - 11:10 am Album | Track

Joe Val

Don't Sell daddy any more whiskey

Diamond Joe

Mon, 6/16/14 - 11:07 am Album | Track

EC Ball

Grandfather's Clock

EC & Orna BaLL

Mon, 6/16/14 - 11:03 am Album | Track

White Mountain Bluegrass

Papa Played the Dobro

Aaragon Mill

Mon, 6/16/14 - 10:59 am Album | Track

david davis

I can hear daddy play the fiddle

two dimes and a nickel

Mon, 6/16/14 - 10:56 am Album | Track

Jim Mills

Daddy Frank

Hide Head Blues

Mon, 6/16/14 - 10:51 am Album | Track


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