Bass player Teddy Gentry, a founding member of the Grammy-winning country band Alabama, was arrested Monday and charged with a misdemeanor drug offense in the state the band shares a name with, jail records show.
Gentry, 70, was booked on suspicion of unlawful possession of marijuana in the second degree and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama.
He was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center at 10:38 a.m. Monday and released at 11:06 a.m., records showed.
Gentry couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Tuesday at phone numbers connected to his home in Fort Payne in nearby DeKalb County.
A representative of both Gentry and the band wouldn’t comment on the arrest Tuesday but said it wouldn’t affect the group’s coming tour.
Its next gig is scheduled for Sept. 23 at Ball Arena in Denver. Colorado was famously one of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana use.
Alabama, which has been playing for decades, was at its peak in the early and mid-1980s, winning the vocal group of the year award from the Country Music Awards from 1981 to 1983.
It won the CMA’s album of the year award in 1983 for “The Closer You Get.” The song also earned the group a Grammy in 1984 for best country performance by a duo or group. Alabama won in the same category the previous year for “Mountain Music.”
The band was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
Diana Dasrath contributed.