Nearly a dozen musicians, all friends of the late Benji Wilhoite, are set to pay tribute to the Cartersville native, who became an actor, singer, musician and songwriter, with a March 23 concert.
Wilhoite, who passed away March 14, 2011, while living in New York, may be best known for the song Rocky Top Tennessee in the movie Six Pack, but also had roles in several films and TV movies and series.
Wilhoite also was an "extraordinary musician who had an extensive catalog of brilliant songs that deserve to be heard by the masses," according to a group of his friends and fellow artists, which include Bartow County resident and actor Jim Adams and Cartersville musicians Donny Hammonds and Donovan Cox.
Buford resident John Stanek is spearheading a project to raise the $350 the group needs to secure the Legion Theatre for a free concert in honor of Wilhoite and his music.
"Benji was not only an amazing musician and talented actor, but he was one of my best friends in this life," Stanek said. "He always had words of encouragement for me in any situation and he was one of the most genuine people I'd ever met.
"I know we all feel the same way about him and I think that all of us want to honor his memory with the one thing that truly lives forever: his beautiful music."
Visit Wake Up and Dream: A Musical Tribute to Benji Wilhoite to pledge or donate.
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