Thursday, 5 January 2012 ● 5 pm
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Bennie Dodd will stop by Folk & Beyond this Thursday for some great live music and conversation. Joining him for a couple tunes will be Alan Hoffman. They will all talk about The Big Big Bennie-Fit this Saturday at Fry Springs in Charlottesville.
Bennie Dodd, local musician and singer from the tiny Nelson County village of Beech Grove, has been playing music for over thirty years, establishing a reputation as a Charlottesville classic. He has played for such acts as Tracy Byrd, Charlie Daniels and Sammy Kershaw, and can sing anything from the Doobie Brothers to the soothing songs of Vince Gill. From country to oldies and bluegrass to rock-and-roll, Bennie Dodd entertains with phenomenal talent. As a one-man show, in his popular duo act, or with his full band, Bennie captivates his audiences and provides hours of entertainment. Joining Bennie for his acoustic act are Tony Fortune on vocals and acoustic guitar; Dave Sanford on vocals, bass and saxophone; Scott Stubbs on dobro and lap steel; and Ellen Nagase on fiddle and mandolin. Bennie also lends his vocal talents to the Bennie Dodd Band and Bennie Dodd and the Bluegrass Ramblers, playing classic rock-and-roll and country. Benefitting from Bennie’s contribution, these unique and talented bands command a great crowd and come highly recommended for many types of events.
On September 18th of this past year, Bennie underwent emergency surgery for a perforated duodenal ulcer and spent a total of six days in the University of Virginia Hospital, including three in intensive care. He has been without health insurance for almost two years, and his medical bills are staggering. In addition to this, Bennie and his family are facing foreclosure and are being forced to try and sell their home and seek more affordable accommodations.
Bennie is overwhelmed by the love and affection being shown to him by Charlottesville’s musical community. Numerous members are planning a benefit for him which will feature a variety of talented musicians including Jimmy Fortune, a former member of the Statler Brothers who is now a successful solo artist in his own right. Also performing will be the Gladstones featuring Bob Girard and Charlie Pastorfield; a long-awaited reunion of the Hartwell Woody Band featuring Bennie, Jimmy, Alan Hoffman and Eddie Hall; and numerous other musicians and bands to round out the program.
Submitted by Peter Jones, WTJU Folk