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

Chris Brashaer and Peter McLaughlin

Sad Parting Sad Goodbye


Sun, 10/1/17 - 4:34 pm Album | Track

perfect strangers

pineville breakdown

perfect strangers

Sun, 10/1/17 - 4:30 pm Album | Track

red allen

worry my life away

keep on going

Sun, 10/1/17 - 4:26 pm Album | Track

country gentlemen

Rollin' Stone

High Lonesome

Sun, 10/1/17 - 4:24 pm Album | Track

bobby hicks

texas crapshooter

texas crapshooter

Sun, 10/1/17 - 4:17 pm Album | Track

hazel and alice

when i loved you

hazel and alice

Sun, 10/1/17 - 4:14 pm Album | Track

hazel and alice

the one i love is gone

pioneering women in bluegrass

Sun, 10/1/17 - 4:10 pm Album | Track

hazel and alice

custom made woman bllues

hazel and alice

Sun, 10/1/17 - 4:06 pm Album | Track

kykendall and hicks

zuma swing

forever and a day

Sun, 10/1/17 - 3:54 pm Album | Track

roland white

sunday sunrise

jelly on my tofu

Sun, 10/1/17 - 3:50 pm Album | Track

buzz busby

tragic highway

going home

Sun, 10/1/17 - 3:47 pm Album | Track

country gentlemen

the school house fire

the rebel years

Sun, 10/1/17 - 3:39 pm Album | Track

hazel and alice

green rolling hills of west virginia

hazel and alice

Sun, 10/1/17 - 3:35 pm Album | Track

all girl boys

climbing up the mountain

hearts desire

Sun, 10/1/17 - 3:30 pm Album | Track

bill monroe

walls of time

box set 59-69

Sun, 10/1/17 - 3:21 pm Album | Track

country gentleman

I am weary let me rest

early rebel recordings

Sun, 10/1/17 - 3:19 pm Album | Track

red allen

No blind ones in heaven

keep on going

Sun, 10/1/17 - 3:16 pm Album | Track

hazel and alice

won't you come and sing for me

pioneering women in bluegrass

Sun, 10/1/17 - 3:10 pm Album | Track

chris brashear

Mason's Lament


Sun, 10/1/17 - 3:07 pm Album | Track

red allen

journey's end

keep on going

Sun, 10/1/17 - 3:03 pm Album | Track


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