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 Album Play timesort ascending

red allen

froggie went a courtin

old bluegrass sound

Sun, 10/8/17 - 4:48 pm Album | Track

troublesome creek stringband

lonesome pine special

fast as time can take me

Sun, 10/8/17 - 4:45 pm Album | Track

mountain ramblers

shady grove

blueridge mountain music

Sun, 10/8/17 - 4:43 pm Album | Track

mainers mountainers

happy go lucky boys

mainers mountaineers

Sun, 10/8/17 - 4:40 pm Album | Track

jim and jesse

ashes of love

superior sounds of bluegrass

Sun, 10/8/17 - 4:37 pm Album | Track

mac martin

going down the country

going down the country

Sun, 10/8/17 - 4:34 pm Album | Track

silas lowe

poor manor's doctor

wanderling father forgotten son

Sun, 10/8/17 - 4:31 pm Album | Track

jim and artie marshall

night the angels sang Sun, 10/8/17 - 4:28 pm Album | Track

stanley brothers

stone walls and steel bars

american folk and country festival

Sun, 10/8/17 - 4:25 pm Album | Track

bluegrass lookouts

nashville bluegrass


Sun, 10/8/17 - 4:21 pm Album | Track

jody Stecher and friends

going up the mountain

going up the mountain

Sun, 10/8/17 - 4:18 pm Album | Track

curley ray cline

chicken Reel

chicken reel

Sun, 10/8/17 - 4:15 pm Album | Track

New lost city ramblers

whiskey seller

moonshine and prohibition

Sun, 10/8/17 - 4:12 pm Album | Track

j.d. crowe

look for me

model church

Sun, 10/8/17 - 4:08 pm Album | Track

john hartford

turn your radio on


Sun, 10/8/17 - 4:05 pm Album | Track

glen neaves and virginia mtn boys

careless love

glen neaves and virginia mtn boys

Sun, 10/8/17 - 4:03 pm Album | Track

dave evans

no hiding place

few more seasons

Sun, 10/8/17 - 4:00 pm Album | Track

hot rize

life's too short

untold stories

Sun, 10/8/17 - 3:50 pm Album | Track

larry sparks

goodbye little darlin'

rambline bluegrass

Sun, 10/8/17 - 3:40 pm Album | Track

mainer's mountaineers

john henry was a little boy

early recordings

Sun, 10/8/17 - 3:36 pm Album | Track


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