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 also talk about The Big Big Bennie-Fit this Saturday at Fry's Springs in Charlottesville.
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.