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

Mike Scott

Dear Old Dixie

Mt Valley BG

Sun, 11/26/17 - 4:00 pm Album | Track

Tony Rice

Soldier's Joy

The Bluegrass Guitar Collection

Sun, 11/19/17 - 5:59 pm Album | Track

Ragged Union

Leaving Louisville

Time Captain

Sun, 11/19/17 - 5:55 pm Album | Track

The Gibson Brothers


In The Ground

Sun, 11/19/17 - 5:52 pm Album | Track

Dale Ann Bradley

Going Back To Kentucky

Dale Ann Bradley

Sun, 11/19/17 - 5:49 pm Album | Track

Seldom Scene

Body and Soul (feat John Starling & Emmylou Harris)

Long Time....

Sun, 11/19/17 - 5:45 pm Album | Track

Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers

Canadian Girl

The Long Awaited Album

Sun, 11/19/17 - 5:41 pm Album | Track

Louie Setzer

Rollin' On Rubber Wheels

Jukebox Bluegrass

Sun, 11/19/17 - 5:38 pm Album | Track

Brad Hudson

Trucker's Blues

Next New Heartbreak

Sun, 11/19/17 - 5:33 pm Album | Track

Remington Ryde


A Storyteller's Memory

Sun, 11/19/17 - 5:30 pm Album | Track

Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers

Santa Fe

The Long Awaited Album

Sun, 11/19/17 - 5:27 pm Album | Track

Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice

The Mountains Are Calling Me Home

The Mountains Are Calling Me Home

Sun, 11/19/17 - 5:22 pm Album | Track

Wilson Banjo Co.

Rambling Fever In My Bones

Spirits In The Hills

Sun, 11/19/17 - 5:19 pm Album | Track

John Lilly

Back In Ohio

State Songs

Sun, 11/19/17 - 5:15 pm Album | Track

Adam Steffey

Johnny Don't Get Drunk

New Primitive

Sun, 11/19/17 - 5:10 pm Album | Track


Walikng The Dog

Bluegrass To Walk On

Sun, 11/19/17 - 5:08 pm Album | Track

David Thom

Two Highways (w/ Laurie Lewis)

That Old Familiar

Sun, 11/19/17 - 5:04 pm Album | Track

Tut Taylor

Pickin' Flat

Dobro Country

Sun, 11/19/17 - 5:01 pm Album | Track


Sweetest Gift

Bluegrass To Walk On

Sun, 11/19/17 - 4:56 pm Album | Track

Norman Blake

Southern Railroad Blues

Old and New

Sun, 11/19/17 - 4:52 pm Album | Track


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