Founding member Teddy Gentry of legendary country music band Alabama was arrested Monday morning on misdemeanor marijuana and drug paraphernalia charges, according to jail records, reports AL.com.
Gentry, 70, of Fort Payne, Ala., was booked into the Cherokee County Jail at 10:38 a.m. and released just 28 minutes later, at 11:06 a.m.
The jail log gave no bond amount. That’s because he was freed on his own recognizance, reports TMZ.
Don Murry Grubbs, spokesman for the band, told the AP he was aware of the incident but that Gentry had no immediate comment.
Gentry was arrested during a traffic stop, said Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver.
One can accurately say that the state of Alabama has some rather harsh pot laws.
Band Peaked In The 1980s
Alabama was formed in 1969 in Fort Payne as Wildcountry by cousins Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook.
The band changed its name to Alabama in 1977 and became one of the most successful groups in country music. The band peaked commercially in the 1980s with multiplatinum albums and a slew of radio hits.
Alabama’s biggest songs included “Tennessee River,” “Mountain Music,” “Dixieland Delight,” “The Closer You Get,” “Song of the South,” “Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler)” and many more.
Gentry and Alabama Back On The Road
Alabama’s star dimmed a bit during the 1990s. The group said it was retiring from the road and staged a farewell tour in 2007.
But the band has since returned to performing, reports USA Today. It staged a 50th anniversary tour in 2019.
Alabama’s next scheduled tour date is in Denver on Sept. 23 at Ball Arena, reports Billboard. The band has performance dates listed through a Dec. 11 gig at Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina.