Free advice to all musicians driving from Nashville to St. Louis: Stick to the main roads, especially when in Kentucky.
The King Khan & BBQ Show didn't show up for their nearly sold-out gig last night in St. Louis (original openers Those Darlins and Deer Tick's John McCauley filled in nicely), apparently because they got lost in the backwoods of the Bluegrass State and had a run-in with the law.
Trooper John Hawkins of the Kentucky State Police says the duo, along with tour manager Kristin Klein, were stopped sometime yesterday afternoon in Oak Grove, Kentucky.
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Klein is now in custody in the Christian County Kentucky jail, charged with driving with a suspended license and possession of a controlled substance. Her bond is $3,000. A sergeant at the jail had no information as to what Klein was allegedly caught with.
Neither the Christian County Jail nor the Kentucky State Police had any records of Arish Khan or Mark Sultan being arrested or charged with a crime.
Sgt. Bedell of the Oak Grove Police declined to comment on Klein's arrest, directing the inquiry to a media relations officer whose shift doesn't start until 10 p.m. this evening. An arrest report may be available then to shed more light on the situation.
Oak Grove Police Chief Milton Perry was also unavailable. Bedell said the chief was working a "sobriety check point" -- at 1 p.m. in the afternoon. Guess they start hitting the bourbon early on Fridays in Kentucky.
So how did the group get so far off the beaten path?
Khan & BBQ's booking agent, Sam Hunt, was as baffled as anyone. "I have no idea," he said, adding it was still unclear how the arrest would affect the rest of their tour. "They had nothing going on between Nashville and St. Louis. Maybe they stopped to take a piss."
Tonight's Khan/BBQ show in Lawrence, Kansas has already been canceled.
Anyone else have any theories as to how or why the group-- famous for wild antics--- ended up in a Kentucky backwater? Had they secretly entered in a dueling banjos contest? Were they off in search of a taste of that famous Kentucky moonshine, perhaps? The possibilities are endless...