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

The Dillards

Never see my Home again

The Dillards

Sun, 5/18/14 - 11:15 am Album | Track

The Dillards

There is a Time

The Dillards

Sun, 5/18/14 - 11:12 am Album | Track

the dillards

banjo in the hollow

There'lll come a time

Sun, 5/18/14 - 11:10 am Album | Track

The hillmen

When the ship comes in

The Hillmen

Sun, 5/18/14 - 11:09 am Album | Track

bill monroe

Soldier's Joy

Music of Bill Monroe

Sun, 5/18/14 - 11:00 am Album | Track

bob dylan ralph stanley

the lonesome river

stanley country

Sun, 5/18/14 - 10:54 am Album | Track

Don rigsby and Dudley Connell

Where is my sailer boy

another saturday night

Sun, 5/18/14 - 10:46 am Album | Track

Tony Rice Unit

Midnight on the stormy deep

25 years of Rounder

Sun, 5/18/14 - 10:43 am Album | Track

Country Gentlemen

Two Little Boys

High Lonesome

Sun, 5/18/14 - 10:40 am Album | Track

Red Allen

Down where the river bends

Keep on going

Sun, 5/18/14 - 10:37 am Album | Track

Country Gentlemen

I'll be there mary dear

Early Rebel Box

Sun, 5/18/14 - 10:30 am Album | Track

Dave Evans

Soldier's Return

Best of the Vetco Years

Sun, 5/18/14 - 10:27 am Album | Track

Reno and Smiley

Maybe you will change your mind

Reno and Smiley

Sun, 5/18/14 - 10:23 am Album | Track

Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band

Drifting with the Tide

ragged but right

Sun, 5/18/14 - 10:20 am Album | Track

crowe & McLaughlin

Little Mountain Road

going back

Sun, 5/18/14 - 10:17 am Album | Track

Jimmy Martin

I'm coming Back but i don't know when

box set

Sun, 5/18/14 - 10:12 am Album | Track

hazel and alice

two soldiers

two soldiers

Sun, 5/18/14 - 10:09 am Album | Track

wilma lee and stoney Cooper

on the evening train

Heartbreak st

Sun, 5/18/14 - 10:06 am Album | Track

Dan Tyminski

It all comes down to you


Sun, 5/18/14 - 10:04 am Album | Track

Red Allen

Back Up and Push

Bluegrass Reunion

Sun, 5/18/14 - 10:00 am Album | Track


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