Strictly Bluegrass

Now Playing on KOOP: Small Cool World - Thursdays at 4:30pm


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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!



Oct 8      Jerry Hagins (guest host) with Erin engineer 

Oct 15    sharon  (with gary ) Guest Eddie Collins

Oct 22     Steve Barber guest host

Oct  29    sharon  (with  Gary) 

Nov   5      Gary  
Nov  12     Sharon (with Gary)
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      Gary

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Strictly Bluegrass

Artist Title Albumsort descending Play time

bill monroe

Last old dollar Sun, 3/6/16 - 10:59 am Album | Track

Virginia Mtn Boys

Don't Go Out Tonight My Darlin' Sun, 5/10/15 - 10:09 am Album | Track

JD Crowe

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

big country bluegrass

Sun, 7/13/14 - 10:28 am Album | Track

Curly Seckler

Sun, 5/28/17 - 4:30 pm Album | Track

Holly Bond & His Buegrass Texans

Walking Shoes Sun, 8/17/14 - 11:48 am Album | Track

town mountain

black eyed suzanne Sun, 8/31/14 - 11:43 am Album | Track

hot rize

radio boogie Sun, 9/13/15 - 11:55 am Album | Track
you'll be rewarded over there Sun, 7/13/14 - 10:14 am Album | Track

craver Hicks watson & Newberry

You've Been a Friend to me Sun, 2/26/17 - 4:25 pm Album | Track

rose maddox

I'll fly away Sun, 6/19/16 - 11:38 am Album | Track

shakem ups

hand me down my walking cane Sun, 8/31/14 - 11:41 am Album | Track

devin jake sophia johnson

Sun, 2/26/17 - 4:10 pm Album | Track

benny and vallie cain

somebody's waiting for me Sun, 7/19/15 - 10:47 am Album | Track

gibson brothers

Sun, 2/26/17 - 4:05 pm Album | Track

The dillards

groundhog Sun, 8/31/14 - 11:33 am Album | Track

rose maddox

Sun, 2/26/17 - 4:02 pm Album | Track

red allen

back up and push Sun, 2/26/17 - 4:00 pm Album | Track

fats domino

when the saints go marching in Sun, 2/1/15 - 10:40 am Album | Track

benny and vallie cain

somebody's waiting for me Sun, 7/16/17 - 4:30 pm Album | Track


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