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

J.E. Mainer

Pallet on the Floor

Rural Rhythm Bluegrass

Sun, 10/22/17 - 3:45 pm Album | Track

Jim Greer

Ties That Bind

Rural Rhythm Bluegrass

Sun, 10/22/17 - 3:42 pm Album | Track


Don't leave me alone

Bluegrass Unlimited Sampler 2008

Sun, 10/22/17 - 3:33 pm Album | Track

Danny Paisley

At the end of a long lonely day

The Room Over Mine

Sun, 10/22/17 - 3:29 pm Album | Track

Carol Elizabeth Jones and Laurel Bliss

I heard the bluebirds sing

Ridin' Along

Sun, 10/22/17 - 3:25 pm Album | Track

Flatt and Scruggs

What's Good for You

Blue Ridge Cabin Home

Sun, 10/22/17 - 3:20 pm Album | Track

the stanley brothers

This weary heart you stole

angel band: classic Mercury Recordings

Sun, 10/22/17 - 3:17 pm Album | Track

Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys

When you are Lonely

Essential Bill Monroe

Sun, 10/22/17 - 3:13 pm Album | Track

Tim O'Brien

the water is wise


Sun, 10/22/17 - 3:09 pm Album | Track

Kathy Kallick Band

I'm not your honey baby now


Sun, 10/22/17 - 3:07 pm Album | Track

Lonesome River Band

rock bottom

bridging the Tradition

Sun, 10/22/17 - 3:03 pm Album | Track

flatt & scruggs

lonesome road blues

flatt and scruggs: foggy Mountain Banjo

Sun, 10/22/17 - 3:00 pm Album | Track

red allen

back up and push

bluegrass reunion

Sun, 10/15/17 - 4:59 pm Album | Track

Crowe Brothers

Go Away with Me

Brothers N Harmony

Sun, 10/15/17 - 4:57 pm Album | Track

Constant Change

As Soon as i get over you

hills of home

Sun, 10/15/17 - 4:55 pm Album | Track

Connie and Babe

Deep Elm Blues

Down the Road to Home

Sun, 10/15/17 - 4:52 pm Album | Track

clover point drifters

lonesome old home

#2 unplugged

Sun, 10/15/17 - 4:48 pm Album | Track

carl Jackson

gonna lay down my old guitar

songs of the south

Sun, 10/15/17 - 4:45 pm Album | Track

buzz buzby

tragic highway

going home

Sun, 10/15/17 - 4:41 pm Album | Track

bob paisley

two more years

live: color of the blues

Sun, 10/15/17 - 4:30 pm Album | Track


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