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The Women Wear No Clothes At All

by The Old 78's

Banjos from small to HUGE, fiddles, and Baritone Sax play Early Jazz, Ragtime, Boogie Woogie, Jug Band, Old Time Fiddle, Classic and Minstrel Banjo tunes, not to mention a Sousa march and a Romanian selection - a sound that must be heard to be believed!
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1. Beaver Slide Rag
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2. The Women Wear No Clothes At All
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3. You and a Canoe (Romance)
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4. Eli Green's Cake Walk
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5. Maybelle Rag
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6. Monroe Stomp
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7. Liberty Bell March
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8. The Lion/Hole in the Wall/John Wild’s Reel
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9. St. Louis Tickle
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10. Cripple Coon
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11. On the Mill Dam (Galop)
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12. Jimmy Sutton
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13. Temptation Rag
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14. Babe
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15. Get off Your Money
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16. The Raccoon's Picnic/Champion Jig
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17. Carolina's Best
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18. Horă De Mână (Joldeti)
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Album Notes
THE OLD 78’s Present "The Women Wear No Clothes At All"

Featuring Curly Miller, Carole Anne Rose, and Ray & Melanie Palmer, with guest musicians Clarke Buehling, Paul McGowen, and Seth Shumate

The Old 78’s are excited to announce their newest collaboration with two fabulous musicians, Ray and Melanie Palmer. It is almost impossible to describe the fun that musicians can create with really big saxophones, surprisingly small banjos to extremely huge banjos plus many-sized banjos in-between, not to mention a clarinet, kazoo, and fiddles. It is a sound that must be heard to be believed! Their new CD together, "The Women Wear No Clothes At All", explores these combinations from Early Jazz, Boogie Woogie, Ragtime, Jug Band, Old Time Fiddle, Classic and Minstrel Banjo, not to mention a Sousa march and a Romanian selection!

The Washington Post at The Old Time Banjo Festival: “The Old 78’s…and their infectious mix of classical and ragtime music stole the show!”

Tony Trishka in The Banjo Newsletter: “To hear some of this unique sound, check out The Old 78’s...These folks are great”!

Curly and Carole Anne have been featured performers and the dance band at major festivals across the country including Wheatland, Merlefest, Winfield, The Old Time Banjo Festival, The Ozarks Celebration Festival, and for numerous festivals at The Ozark Folk Center just about every year since the early 1990’s. They have also taught and performed at some of the most highly regarded Fiddle and Banjo teaching camps such as Swannanoa, Ashokan, and Mars Hill and taught again at Mars Hill 2011. They were selected for a Folk Alliance Showcase for three years in a row and were featured in Cathy Fink’s Banjo Festival in Washington, DC in 2009 with such notables as Mike Seeger and Bruce Molsky and are scheduled for 2012. The duo also plays for contra and square dances at major festivals, dance camps and for Irish Step Dancing troupes and in 2011 played for The Farmer’s Ball, The John C. Campbell Folk School, the Arkansas dance weekend, the monthly Fayetteville Contradance, plus many other dances around the country.

Curly and Carole Anne were featured in an article and on the cover of The Old Time Herald in 2006! They helped inspire the new Gold Tone 5-string Cello Banjo and, in collaboration with Clarke Buehling, issued the ground-breaking CD “The Old 78’s”. Their Ragtime, Charleston, Early Jazz and Jug Band repertoire aptly demonstrates Curly’s ability to capture the essence of the early 1900s fiddle styles, not to mention their choice of humorous songs and kazoo selections. Carole Anne’s custom 6-string banjo and the unique way she plays it, puts a relentless pulsating beat on every up-tempo tune they play. The duo is also known for their Classic Banjo repertoire (including the Bluegrass favorite Russian Rag) arranged in traditional Banjo Orchestra settings. Everywhere they go festival audiences, dancers and campers are delighted by their music and enchanted by their performances.

Their new collaboration with Ray and Melanie Palmer adds a fullness and rich musicianship that this early 1900s music had when originally performed, “back in the day”! Ray’s ability to match the melody, create counter melodies, and improvise on both the fiddle and banjo-mandolin adds an entirely new dimension and certainly spices things up. Melanie’s baritone sax powerfully delivers the bass notes that any tuba, bowed bass, or jug player could wish for. Additionally, her clarinet contributes just the right amount of Klezmer to bring the band’s Romanian and Eastern European repertoire back in time about one hundred years. These two outstanding musicians have played and enjoyed the same repertoire as Curly and Carole Anne and fate has brought them together to continue the fun!

Melanie has performed with Wynton Marsalis and Robin Eubanks but her long musical background begins at age 6 (on piano) and includes playing the sax for 13 years. She has a B.A. in music (saxophone performance) from the U of A and played baritone sax in the UA Jazz Ensemble plus bari, tenor and alto sax and clarinet in various wind ensembles over the years including baritone saxophonist for the Arkansas Winds Concert Band. In The Old 78’s, Melanie plays the bari sax for the Classic Banjo repertoire and for Ragtime, Charleston, Early Jazz and Jug tunes. It might be hard to imagine, but that big saxophone CAN sound like a jug! Her clarinet skills are a powerful addition to the band’s Romanian and Early Jazz pieces and the (extremely large) cello banjo is a perfect for their Old Time repertoire.

Ray also started at an early age but on instruments in the violin family. He has been a member of various symphonies including the Gulf Coast Symphony, the Topeka Symphony, and the Salt Lake Civic Orchestra and currently plays with the Arkansas Philharmonic and the Symphony Orchestra of Northwest Arkansas. His interest in The Old 78’s style of music was sparked while playing with the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra whose specialty was accompanying silent films from the early 1900's with period-correct music arranged for a small orchestral ensemble (and some bizarre sound effect implements). Since then, Ray has been a part of various groups of Old Time musicians, playing fiddle, mandolin, and the three-string cello making his an extremely knowledgeable contribution to the collaboration. After graduating from the Violin Making School of America, Ray opened The Palmer Violin Shop ( in 2008, making violins, violas, and cellos using only traditional methods and materials, plus providing repair services to professional musicians, teachers and students from across the region. His vast experience in complex string music makes him uniquely qualified to add his musical perspective and talent to The Old 78’s!

“I didn’t realize that banjos could be so entertaining!” Peter Ostroushko



to write a review

Steve Ramm

The three piece band expands by four (more banjos plus sax and harmonica) for a
I discovered the husband/wife musical duo Carole Anne Rose and Curly Miller when I saw their first CD. I collect old 78s (as well as CDs) and their name attracted me. I loved their first CD and got to hear them live at the International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis in 2010. I anxiously awaited their next CD… and here it is. I gOt it this week and have played it few a few times.

While the duo (with assistance from Clarke Buehling) provided great playing on their debut album, they added FOUR more musicians –playing banjos, this time (two on banjo, plus a baritone sax (off for old-time music but it works!) and to accompany Curly’s fiddle. The sound is even better. Curly seems to be the one writing the arrangements and even the common songs – like “St. Louis Tickle” – sound new and fresh. Sousa’s “Liberty Bell March” gets the banjo team treatment too. The booklet enclosed provides some background and the source of the songs as well as who is playing on them. There’s not a dull moment in the 18 tracks on this disc.

If old-timey string band music is your bag, these guys (and gals) from Arkansas are the real thing. Check out some samples. A real fine album!

Steve Ramm
“Anything Phonographic”