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The Black Lillies van found

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 – The Black Lillies van, stolen early Monday, has been recovered, but without a trailer and the band's instruments, the band reported today.

The Knoxville, Tenn.-based roots band posted on Facebook late Tuesday morning, "Update! The van has been retrieved by a towing company in Houston after being abandoned by the side of the road. Trailer and instruments still missing."

The group had played a gig in Conroe, Texas and was staying at a Quality Inn parking lot near the Houston airport on Sunday night. At about 2:30 a.m. central time, a black SUV pulled up to the van and stole it. The group lost most of its gear, CDs, vinyl, merchandise and clothing.

Among the instruments lost was a 1952 Gibson J-45 guitar and a Martin Customer Guitar 1440649.

A Rally.org page was set up by the group with the band seeking to raise $40,000. Almost $35,000 from 639 supporters had been raised by 1:40 p.m. Tuesday.

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