Dumb Blonde: The Songs of Dolly Parton

featuring Tader Shipley and Maxfield Anderson

Monday, May 1, 2023

Doors 7PM | Show 8PM
$22 / Members $20

Dumb Blonde: The Songs of Dolly Parton

  • Country

Tickets will be on sale to the public 2/8 at noon. On sale to all Passim members 2/1 at noon.  On sale to all access Passim members 1/25 at noon.

Known for big songs, bigger hair, and the biggest heart, Dolly Parton is one of the great American singer/songwriters. “Dumb Blonde: The Songs of Dolly Parton” will take you through Dolly’s lifelong journey, from her humble beginnings through her rise as a global icon. Following a sold out cabaret at Club Cafe, Tader Shipley & Maxfield Anderson are thrilled to bring their show to the Club Passim stage. written and performed by Tader Shipleymusic directed by Maxfield AndersonMaxfield Anderson – guitarMicah Nicol – pianoHazel Royer – bassElla Jordan – fiddlePriding themselves in being collaborators in art and life, the duo consisting of Maxfield Anderson & Tader Shipley found their personal and musical homes with one another. From contrasting backgrounds in musical theater and bluegrass, the two joined forces to create a sound full of commanding harmonies, multi-instrumental finesse, and unadulterated joy. Finding influence from Rodgers & Hammerstein to Jimmie Rodgers & Hank Williams, the pair blend their love of honest storytelling into a sound uniquely their own.

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Maxfield Anderson

  • Bluegrass
  • Roots

Maxfield Anderson is an American roots multi-instrumentalist, teacher, writer and music director, currently living in Somerville, MA. As an artist, Maxfield aims to bring new light to honored traditions and to share the joy of making music with others.

Growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Maxfield’s home was filled with an array of musical styles. After years of playing violin, his attention was taken hold by bluegrass and western swing fiddle, quickly leading him to discover the mandolin. He moved to Boston to study mandolin and American roots music at Berklee College of Music. Additionally, Max is a proficient guitar player, and after a year of isolation, finally broke down and added clawhammer banjo to the repertoire.

Teaching music has always been a big part of Max’s artistry. He believes that traditional music is an excellent vessel for understanding an instrument and finding your own voice as a musician. Teaching at Club Passim since 2020, Max has taught group courses in Beginner & Intermediate Mandolin, Bluegrass Ensemble (co-taught with Trevin Nelson), and Intro to Tune Writing. He also offers private instruction on mandolin, fiddle, guitar, music theory, and tune writing out of his home studio.

In addition to performing and teaching, Maxfield recently wrote and music directed the ‘Homegrown Stringband’ roots trio at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, OH. The trio performed authentic bluegrass, folk, and old time string band music throughout the summer season of 2022.

Maxfield graduated from Berklee College of Music with a BFA in Music Performance. He is an active gigging musician in the Boston music scene, and has toured throughout the Northeast playing listening rooms, ball rooms, bar rooms, back rooms, front porches and festival stages.

Tader Shipley

Tader Shipley prides herself in being a singer, actor, storyteller, and musical theatre artist. After graduating from Bowling Green State University (OH), she decided to uproot, discovering Boston as her new place to call home. Shaped by sounds of her childhood, such as Dolly Parton, Barbra Streisand, and The Judds, Tader has fused her love of classic country with a background in theatre to create her distinctive sound. Some recent local theatre credits include The Wizard of Oz (Wheelock Family Theatre), Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol (Emerson Colonial Theatre), and The Donkey Show (American Repertory Theatre).

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