Alabama founding member and bassist Teddy Gentry, 70, was arrested and booked into the Cherokee County Jail in northeast Alabama on Monday (Sept. 12) on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge. According to the Associated Press, Gentry was released a half-hour after his booking on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
A spokesperson for the group had not returned requests for comment at press time.
KTLA reported that Gentry was arrested for misdemeanor second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. According to Sheriff Jeff Shaver, Gentry was arrested during a traffic stop and booked at 10:38 a.m. and released less than 30 minutes later with no bond amount listed at press time.
A spokesperson told the AP that he was aware of the incident but had not comment.
The group was formed in Fort Payne, Alabama in 1969 by Gentry and his cousins Randy Owen and Jeff Cook. Known for such 1980s country hits as “Dixieland Delight” and “Song of the South,” the group announced that they were retiring and launched a farewell tour in 2007, but returned to the road in 2019 for a 50th anniversary tour.
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