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!



Nov  19     Ted    (or Sharon with  Steve )
Nov  26     Gary
Dec  3       Sharon (with  Gary)
Dec 10      Ted (or  Sharon and Steve) 
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 18   ted

Feb 25   sharon and Gary



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Strictly Bluegrass

Artist Title Album Play timesort ascending

The Kentucky Colonels

Don't Let Your Deal Deal Go Down


Sun, 8/3/14 - 11:26 am Album | Track

Iron Horse

The Unforgiven

Fade To Bluegrass, Vol. 2

Sun, 8/3/14 - 11:21 am Album | Track

Dan Paisley and Southern Grass

Somewhere Between

Forty Years of Trouble

Sun, 8/3/14 - 11:13 am Album | Track

The Seldom Scene


Scene It All

Sun, 8/3/14 - 11:10 am Album | Track

Whiskey shivers

Gimme All Your Lovin'


Sun, 8/3/14 - 11:06 am Album | Track

Whiskey Shivers



Sun, 8/3/14 - 11:02 am Album | Track

Rod Moag and Texas Grass

Till Each Tear Becomes A Rose

Bluegrass From The HEart

Sun, 8/3/14 - 10:59 am Album | Track

Craig County

Lilly Dale

Back Home On the Farm

Sun, 8/3/14 - 10:54 am Album | Track

Laurie Lewis

Here Today


Sun, 8/3/14 - 10:48 am Album | Track

Emmylou Harris

Going Up Home To Live In Green Pastures

Roses In Snow

Sun, 8/3/14 - 10:45 am Album | Track

Clair Lynch

My Florida Sunshine

Whatcha Gonna Do

Sun, 8/3/14 - 10:41 am Album | Track

Flatt and Scruggs

I'll Go Steppin' Too

Flatt and Scruggs 1948-1959

Sun, 8/3/14 - 10:35 am Album | Track

Nashville Bluegrass

Diamonds And Pearls

The boys Are Back In Town

Sun, 8/3/14 - 10:32 am Album | Track

Charlie Moore

I'm Leaving Detroit

The Vetco Sessions

Sun, 8/3/14 - 10:28 am Album | Track

Steve Matin and Eddie Brickell

Love Has Come For You

Love HAs Come For You

Sun, 8/3/14 - 10:25 am Album | Track

Charlie Moore

Where The Soul Of Man Never Dies

The Vetco Sessions

Sun, 8/3/14 - 10:20 am Album | Track

Bill Monroe

A Beautiful Life

Bluegrass 1950-1958

Sun, 8/3/14 - 10:18 am Album | Track

Nashville Bluegrass Band

I'm Rolling Through This Unfriendly World

The Boys Are Back In Town

Sun, 8/3/14 - 10:15 am Album | Track

Karl Shiflett

The girl I Love Don't Pay Me No Mind

Karl Shiflett And The Big Country Show

Sun, 8/3/14 - 10:10 am Album | Track

Gibson Brothers

One Raindrop

Red Letter Day

Sun, 8/3/14 - 10:06 am Album | Track


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