Strictly Bluegrass

Now Playing on KOOP: Guitar Picks - Mondays at 10:00am

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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

Claire Lynch

Second Wind

Hand Picked

Sun, 2/18/18 - 4:51 pm Album | Track

Dudley Connell

We Can't Be Darlings Anymore

Curly Seckler Bluegrass Don't You Know

Sun, 2/18/18 - 4:46 pm Album | Track

Johnson Mountain Boys

I've Found a Hiding Place

We'll Still Sing On

Sun, 2/18/18 - 4:42 pm Album | Track

Johnson Mountain Boys

My Better Years

Blue Diamond

Sun, 2/18/18 - 4:38 pm Album | Track

Reno & Smiley

Barefoot Nellie

Bluegrass 1963 Live WDBJ

Sun, 2/18/18 - 4:32 pm Album | Track

Reno & Smiley

Down Yonder

Bluegrass 1963 Live WDBJ

Sun, 2/18/18 - 4:31 pm Album | Track

Reno & Smiley

Love , O' Love Please Come Home

Bluegrass 1963 Live WDBJ

Sun, 2/18/18 - 4:29 pm Album | Track

Don Reno

Mr Bottle

Bill Harrell and The Tennessee Cutups All the Way To Reno

Sun, 2/18/18 - 4:25 pm Album | Track

Don Reno & Family

Lonesome Hearted Blues

The Usual Suspects Above Suspicion

Sun, 2/18/18 - 4:21 pm Album | Track

Don Reno & Red Smiley

Lonesome Hearted Blues

Sweethearts in Heaven

Sun, 2/18/18 - 4:18 pm Album | Track

Bill Monroe

White House Blues

& The Bluegrass Boys Live Recordings '56-'69

Sun, 2/18/18 - 4:14 pm Album | Track

Monroe Bros

Weeping Willow Tree

Essential Bill Monrow & The Monroe Bros

Sun, 2/18/18 - 4:08 pm Album | Track

Monroe Bros

New River Train

Essential Bill Monrow & The Monroe Bros

Sun, 2/18/18 - 4:04 pm Album | Track

Flatt & Scruggs

Foggy Mountain Breakdown

Best of Bluegrass Vol 1

Sun, 2/18/18 - 4:00 pm Album | Track

The Stanley Bros

I Long to See the Old Folks

Best of Bluegrass Vol 1

Sun, 2/18/18 - 3:58 pm Album | Track

Dry Branch Fire Squad

We Believe in Happy Endings

hand picked

Sun, 2/11/18 - 5:55 pm Album | Track

lynn Morris

My Heart Skips a Beat

Lynn Morris Band

Sun, 2/11/18 - 5:53 pm Album | Track

larry stephenson

i'm in love all over

celebration of life

Sun, 2/11/18 - 5:50 pm Album | Track

osborne brothers

i love you only

56-68 box set

Sun, 2/11/18 - 5:46 pm Album | Track

greenbriar boys

Love Bug

Big Apple Bluegrass

Sun, 2/11/18 - 5:44 pm Album | Track


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