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

red allen

back up and push

bluegrass reunion

Sun, 1/28/18 - 4:00 pm Album | Track

Volume Five

Now That's a Song


Sun, 1/14/18 - 5:58 pm Album | Track

Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers

Long Gone Out West Blues

The Story We Tell

Sun, 1/14/18 - 5:55 pm Album | Track

Kristy Cox

South to North Carolina


Sun, 1/14/18 - 5:52 pm Album | Track

Emmylou Harris

Roses in The Snow (w/ Tony Rice)

Roses in The Snow

Sun, 1/14/18 - 5:49 pm Album | Track

Keith Whitley and Ricky Skaggs

Little Glass of Wine

Tribute to The Stanley Brothers

Sun, 1/14/18 - 5:46 pm Album | Track

The Country Gentlemen

I've Never Been There

Calling My Children Home

Sun, 1/14/18 - 5:41 pm Album | Track

Robert Earl Keen

Steam Powered Aeroplane

Happy Prisoner The Bluegrass Sessions

Sun, 1/14/18 - 5:38 pm Album | Track

Peter Rowan & Robert Earl Keen

Walls of Time

Robert Earl Keen Happy Prisoner

Sun, 1/14/18 - 5:33 pm Album | Track

Peter Rowan & Robert Earl Keen

Peter Rowan Walls of Time Bill Monroe story Intro

Robert Earl Keen Happy Prisoner

Sun, 1/14/18 - 5:32 pm Album | Track

The Country Gentlemen

New Freedom Bell

The Award Winning Country Gentlemen

Sun, 1/14/18 - 5:25 pm Album | Track

Wood and Wire feat Danny Barnes

Life in The Country

Wood & Wire Woodshed Sessions

Sun, 1/14/18 - 5:22 pm Album | Track

Danny Barnes

Factory Girl

Stove Up

Sun, 1/14/18 - 5:20 pm Album | Track

Robert Earl Keen

Footprints in The Snow (w/ Danny Barnes)

Happy Prisoner

Sun, 1/14/18 - 5:16 pm Album | Track

The Siekers

Wayfaring Stranger (w/ Tony Rice)


Sun, 1/14/18 - 5:09 pm Album | Track

Bonnie Hearne

My Dixie Darling (w/ Rolf Sieker)

Bill and Bonnie Hearne Celebration! Live at La Fonda

Sun, 1/14/18 - 5:06 pm Album | Track

Brother Oswald

Echo Chimes

Brother Oswald

Sun, 1/14/18 - 5:02 pm Album | Track

Brother Oswald

Farewell Blues

Brother Oswald

Sun, 1/14/18 - 5:00 pm Album | Track

Alice Gerrard, Gail Gillespie & Sharon Sandomirsky

Drunkard's Dream

Alice, Gail & Sharon The Road To Agate Hill

Sun, 1/14/18 - 4:55 pm Album | Track

Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard

True Life Blues

O Sister!

Sun, 1/14/18 - 4:53 pm Album | Track


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