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!




     10   Gary  

     17 sharon  with Steve Barber

     24  Ted

JULY 1 sharon with Gary

      8 Ted

     15  Gary

     22  Ted

     29 sharon  with Steve Barber


      5  Gary

      12 sharon with Gary

      19   ted

      26   sharon  with Steve Barber





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Strictly Bluegrass

Artist Title Album Play timesort ascending

Front Porch String Band

Hard Times

Lines & Traces

Sun, 4/1/18 - 3:15 pm Album | Track

Peg & Ed

Lonely Violet

Lonely Violet

Sun, 4/1/18 - 3:10 pm Album | Track

Gibson Brothers


Long Way Back Home

Sun, 4/1/18 - 3:07 pm Album | Track

Blue Highway

Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow

Bluegrass Special

Sun, 4/1/18 - 3:05 pm Album | Track

Bluegrass 2000

Farewell Blues

Bluegrass 2000

Sun, 4/1/18 - 3:00 pm Album | Track

Red Allen

back up and push

bluegrass reunion

Sun, 3/25/18 - 4:59 pm Album | Track

james reams & the Barnstormers

black-eyed suzy


Sun, 3/25/18 - 4:58 pm Album | Track

audie Blaylock

wildwood flower blues

trains are the only way to fly

Sun, 3/25/18 - 4:53 pm Album | Track

james king

flowers in the dell

the bluegrass storyteller

Sun, 3/25/18 - 4:50 pm Album | Track

flatt and scruggs

your love is like a flower

Box Set 48-60

Sun, 3/25/18 - 4:25 pm Album | Track

traditional Grass

You are my flower

the blues are still the blues

Sun, 3/25/18 - 4:22 pm Album | Track

mac wiseman

you're a flower blooming in the wildwood

songs from mother's hand

Sun, 3/25/18 - 4:17 pm Album | Track

greenbriar boys

i heard the bluebirds sing

best of the vanguard years

Sun, 3/25/18 - 4:15 pm Album | Track

Zane Campbell

Springtime of Life

Ola Wave

Sun, 3/25/18 - 4:09 pm Album | Track

Jimmy Martin

Wildwood Flower

New River Ranch 1957

Sun, 3/25/18 - 4:08 pm Album | Track

Lilly Brothers & Lilly Mountaineers

They Tell Me Your Love is like a flower

west virginia Oh how I Miss You

Sun, 3/25/18 - 4:04 pm Album | Track

country gentlemen

irish spring

early rebel recordings

Sun, 3/25/18 - 4:00 pm Album | Track

Reno and Smiley

springtime in dear old dixie

Early Years 51-59

Sun, 3/25/18 - 3:54 pm Album | Track

Tim and Mollie O'Brien

When the Roses Bloom in Dixieland

Take Me Back

Sun, 3/25/18 - 3:49 pm Album | Track

J.D. Crowe

Blue Bonnet Lane

Lefty's Old Guitar

Sun, 3/25/18 - 3:46 pm Album | Track


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