BREAKING: Founding Member Of Alabama Arrested

Teddy Gentry, a founding member of legendary country music group Alabama and the cousin of frontman Randy Owen, was arrested…


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September 12, 2022

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Teddy Gentry, a founding member of legendary country music group Alabama and the cousin of frontman Randy Owen, was arrested on Monday (Sept. 12)  in Cherokee County, Alabama, WHNT reports. 

Gentry, 70, of Fort Payne was arrested following a traffic stop and charged with “misdemeanor second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia,” according to the news outlet. 

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Photo courtesy Alabama

The Cherokee County Jail log states that Gentry was booked at 10:38 am Monday morning and quickly released at 11:06 am. No bond amount was logged by the prisons for the Alabama bass player/vocalist. reports that “Sheriff Jeff Shaver said the arrest was made during a traffic stop.” 

The Associated Press reached out to Alabama’s publicist, Don Murry Grubbs, who reportedly said he was “aware of the incident but Gentry had no immediate comment.”

Alabama is composed of Gentry, Jeff Cook, and Randy Owen. The legendary country band formed in Fort Payne, Alabama in 1969. After spending a summer playing music in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Alabama went on to pursue music full time. 

The group is one of the most celebrated country bands of all time and is known for hits like “Dixieland Delight,” “Song of the South,” “Tennessee River,” and “Mountain Music.” 

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Alabama charted 43 No.1 singles, including 21 No.1’s in a row. 

They have won dozens of CMA, ACM, and GRAMMY awards and are members of the Country music Hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame. 

Alabama also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

In 2021, the group embarked on a 50th Anniversary Tour and brought a star-studded lineup of artists along with them, including Martina McBride, Travis Tritt, Sara Evans, and Jake Hoot. 

Alabama is currently on tour with several dates planned through mid-December. The group’s next tour date is set for September 23 at the Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.