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

Ralph Stanley

Girl From The Greenbriar Shore

Ralph Stanley

Sun, 11/26/17 - 5:15 pm Album | Track


Will You Be Loving Another Man?

Long List Of Heartaches

Sun, 11/26/17 - 5:13 pm Album | Track

Grant Street String Band

Things In Life

Grant Street String Band

Sun, 11/26/17 - 5:07 pm Album | Track

Perfect Strangers

Scofield Mine Disasters

Perfect Strangers

Sun, 11/26/17 - 5:04 pm Album | Track

Murphy & Roberts


The Sea And The Sky

Sun, 11/26/17 - 4:58 pm Album | Track

Lonesome River Band

Katy Daley

One Step Forward

Sun, 11/26/17 - 4:51 pm Album | Track

Boone Creek

Can't You Hear Me Calling?

One Way Track

Sun, 11/26/17 - 4:48 pm Album | Track

Delia Bell

Sad Situation

O Sister!

Sun, 11/26/17 - 4:46 pm Album | Track

Monroe & Wiseman

Travelin' This Lonesome Road

Music of Bill Monroe

Sun, 11/26/17 - 4:41 pm Album | Track

Peter Rowan & NBB

Memories Of You

New Moon Rising

Sun, 11/26/17 - 4:38 pm Album | Track

Kenny Baker

Tune For Andy

Master Fiddler

Sun, 11/26/17 - 4:35 pm Album | Track

Mark O'Connor

Kit's Waltz


Sun, 11/26/17 - 4:32 pm Album | Track

Connie & Babe

Dreaming of a Little Cabin

Mama's Hand

Sun, 11/26/17 - 4:29 pm Album | Track

Open Road

Take My Hand

Lucky Drive

Sun, 11/26/17 - 4:27 pm Album | Track

Hot Rize

Rank Strangers

Long Journey Home

Sun, 11/26/17 - 4:21 pm Album | Track

Seldom Scene

What Am I Doing

Long Time...Seldom Scene

Sun, 11/26/17 - 4:18 pm Album | Track

Hand Picked BG Band

Lonesome Moonshine Man

Lonesome Moonshine Man

Sun, 11/26/17 - 4:14 pm Album | Track

Patty Loveless

I Know You're Married

Mountain Soul

Sun, 11/26/17 - 4:11 pm Album | Track

Tony Rice

I Hope You Have Learned


Sun, 11/26/17 - 4:08 pm Album | Track


Train That Carried My Girl


Sun, 11/26/17 - 4:05 pm Album | Track


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