Strictly Bluegrass

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


Top Tab


E-mail | Website


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

On KOOP Radio

No current schedule was found for this program.

Add to My Calendar

Strictly Bluegrass

Artist Title Album Play timesort ascending

Jerry Douglas, Brother Boys

Pearlie Mae

Top Of The Hill BG

Sun, 9/24/17 - 3:43 pm Album | Track

Boyens & Dickens

Dream Of A Miner's Child

Songs of Stanleys

Sun, 9/24/17 - 3:41 pm Album | Track

Skaggs & Rowan

We Live In Two Different Worlds

Songs of Louvins

Sun, 9/24/17 - 3:38 pm Album | Track

Bluegrass Album Band

Letter From My Darlin'

Songs Of Bill Monroe

Sun, 9/24/17 - 3:34 pm Album | Track

Jimmy Martin

You Don't Know My Mind

Songs Of A Freeborn Man

Sun, 9/24/17 - 3:30 pm Album | Track

Larry Cordle

That's Why They Call 'em The Blues

Songs From The Workbenfch

Sun, 9/24/17 - 3:26 pm Album | Track

Hot Rize

Nellie Kane

So Long A Journey

Sun, 9/24/17 - 3:20 pm Album | Track

Dreadful Snakes

In Despair

Snakes Alive

Sun, 9/24/17 - 3:18 pm Album | Track

Skaggs & Rice

Will The Roses Bloom

Skaggs & Rice

Sun, 9/24/17 - 3:15 pm Album | Track

Flatt Lonesome

Highway Of Pain


Sun, 9/24/17 - 3:10 pm Album | Track

Deer Creek Boys

All Around The World

Midnight and Dawn

Sun, 9/24/17 - 3:07 pm Album | Track

Becky Buller

Calamity Jane

Crepe Paper Heart

Sun, 9/24/17 - 3:04 pm Album | Track

Heath Loy



Sun, 9/24/17 - 3:00 pm Album | Track

Tony Rice

Soldiers Joy

The Bluegrass Guitar Collection

Sun, 9/17/17 - 4:59 pm Album | Track

Rhonda Vincent and The Rage

You Don't Love God (If You Don't Love Your Neighbor)

All The Rage

Sun, 9/17/17 - 4:57 pm Album | Track

Lonesome River Band

Rock Bottom

Bridging The Tradition

Sun, 9/17/17 - 4:54 pm Album | Track

Nothin' Fancy

Hard Hearted

It's a Good Feeling

Sun, 9/17/17 - 4:51 pm Album | Track

Nothin' Fancy

Kiss an Angel Good Morning

It's a Good Feeling

Sun, 9/17/17 - 4:48 pm Album | Track

Earls of Leicester

You Can Feel It In Your Soul

Rattle & Roar

Sun, 9/17/17 - 4:45 pm Album | Track

Dale Ann Bradley & Vince Gill

I'll Just Go Away

Dale Ann Bradley

Sun, 9/17/17 - 4:39 pm Album | Track


Subscribe to Strictly Bluegrass