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Studio Line: 512-472-KOOP (5667)
C/O KOOP Radio
PO Box 4089
Austin TX 78765-4089
Strictly Bluegrass is the only radio show in central Texas that features bluegrass music. We feature current artists and reach into the deep catalog of the founders of bluegrass and its roots, which include old time Appalachian and traditional black music. We air special programming celebrating the women pioneers and national holidays. We also feature live performances of local and travelling bands. All four hosts have large bluegrass music collections, play bluegrass music themselves, and regularly attend bluegrass performances throughout Texas. And they have long histories as hosts of traditional music shows on KOOP and other non -profit stations. Stream the past two episodes 24/7 at Radio Free America.
Sharon has been involved in traditional music all her adult life. She is on several recordings including the Fuzzy Mountain String Band and with IBMA Hall of Fame member Alice Gerrard. Sharon has played in several bands and has been involved in non-profit organizations promoting bluegrass music since moving to Texas in 1991. She has served on the board of directors of the Central Texas Bluegrass Music association She is an active bluegrass musician and a regularly attends bluegrass events at the local and national level. She has a large music collection and has been involved with the Strictly Bluegrass show for 25 years. She has been involved in the business of bluegrass as cofounder of the Sugar Hill label.
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 performers 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 9:00 -11am and A Blues Groove internet only Tuesdays 8am-9am.
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!
Susan recently retired from practicing law in Florida and moved to the Austin area in 2018. She was involved in community radio with WMNF in Tampa for 25 years, serving on its board of directors, and as a substitute host on the station’s flagship show, the Morning Show, playing a wide range of and folk, acoustic, and Americana music. Growing up in Florida, Susan sang in a gospel quartet with her siblings. More recently, she played old-time and bluegrass with the Sweetwater Sisters, now known as the Lilly Jane Band. Susan loves music festivals and rarely missed a chance to see Peter Rowan, Vassar Clements, David Grisman, Tony Rice, Bela Fleck, the McCourys, and many other bluegrass and old-time music greats at the Suwanee river and other Florida festivals. She is an eclectic appreciator of great music from all genres.