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The Black Lillies get gear stolen

Monday, January 25, 2016 – The Black Lillies, the Knoxville, Tenn.-based roots band, had its van, guitar and equipment stolen in Houston on Monday morning.

VAN AND TRAILER STOLEN IN HOUSTON! If you're within a few hours' drive of Houston please keep an eye out. Our white 2011 Ford E350 van and 2016 Lark trailer were stolen from a Quality Inn parking lot near the Houston Airport around 2:30 am Central time last night. Someone in a black SUV pulled up next to it and jacked it....the majority of our gear, CDs, vinyl, merch, clothing, everything was inside."

Chyna Brackeen of the band's management company, Attack Monkey Productions, said in an online post that The Black Lillies had concluded their run of shows with a date in Conroe, Texas. "Afterwards, they stayed at a Quality Inn near IAH airport in Houston. They parked the van and trailer right in front, in a well-lit area in view of the front door."

"According to security footage, a black SUV pulled up around 2:30 am. Someone jumped out of the SUV and within less than two minutes they had managed to break in and drive the van away."

"The band was due to head home this morning and headed out to the parking lot early (around 6 am) to find the van and trailer missing," Brakeen posted.

Band member Trisha Gene Brady posted on the web site, "Thank you to all of you that have reached out with love, concern, & assistance. I have lost my gear, my guitars, my boots, & my clothes. My band has lost gear, equipment, merchandise, & transportation. But...we are all together, we are all alive, & we are going to be stronger than ever!! Black Lillies are born from kudzu & honeysuckle in the depths of the oldest mountains & our growth cannot be stunted. With the support we've seen today I have no doubt that what was taken from us will be returned 10 fold with the love of our community & will prove to be a catalyst for future growth"

" Now let's catch these thieves."

" Let's see just how good this social media thing can be! Keep spreading the word. We'll keep posting info & updates!!"

Thank again everyone!!!!"

You're all amazing"

The Black Lilliies also set up a Rally.org page to raise $40,000 to cover its costs not covered by insurance. As of about 10:50 p.m. eastern Monday, $27,842 had been raised of the goal.

The next date is slated to be this Friday in Johnson City, Tenn.

The band released "Hard to Please" in the fall.

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