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

chris hillman

turn your radio on

desert rose

Sun, 12/3/17 - 4:24 pm Album | Track

the grascals

there is you

before breakfast

Sun, 12/3/17 - 4:19 pm Album | Track

the grascals

he took your place

before breakfast

Sun, 12/3/17 - 4:16 pm Album | Track

the grascals

`i've been redeemed

before breakfast

Sun, 12/3/17 - 4:13 pm Album | Track

Flatt lonesome

happy till he comes

silence in these walls

Sun, 12/3/17 - 4:07 pm Album | Track

larry sparks

old satan

let him lead you

Sun, 12/3/17 - 4:04 pm Album | Track

Dave Adkins Trio

crying unholy unto the lord

Dave Akins Trio

Sun, 12/3/17 - 4:02 pm Album | Track

red allen

back up and push

bluegrass reunion

Sun, 12/3/17 - 4:00 pm Album | Track

Alan Munde

Clinch Mountain Backstep

Songs Of The Stanley Brothers

Sun, 11/26/17 - 5:57 pm Album | Track

Red Allen

I Wonder Where You Are Tonight

Lonesome And Blue

Sun, 11/26/17 - 5:54 pm Album | Track

James King

When The Phone Don't Ring

Lonesome And Then Some

Sun, 11/26/17 - 5:51 pm Album | Track


The Blame

Rattle Of The Chains

Sun, 11/26/17 - 5:48 pm Album | Track

Stanley Brothers

Let Me Love You One More Time

Riding That Midnight Train

Sun, 11/26/17 - 5:46 pm Album | Track

Gibson Brothers

That's What I Get For Loving You

Ring The Bell

Sun, 11/26/17 - 5:43 pm Album | Track

John Reischman & Jaybirds

You'll Find Her Name

The Road West

Sun, 11/26/17 - 5:38 pm Album | Track

Rice, Rice, Hillman & Pederson

Hard Hearted

Running Wild

Sun, 11/26/17 - 5:35 pm Album | Track

Jimmy Martin & Leona Williams

If Teardrops Were Pennies

Songs Of A Freeborn Man

Sun, 11/26/17 - 5:33 pm Album | Track

Dreadful Snakes

Don't Let Your Sweet Love Die

Snakes Alive

Sun, 11/26/17 - 5:27 pm Album | Track

Earls of Leicester

What's Good For You

Rattle & Roar

Sun, 11/26/17 - 5:25 pm Album | Track

Joe Mullins

Another Day, Another Dollar

Rambler's Call

Sun, 11/26/17 - 5:22 pm Album | Track


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