If John Mark McMillan has given any hope to you, now is the time to give some back to him and his backing band.

A few weeks ago, McMillan’s backing band were heading West to meet the singer in Denver, CO to kick off a tour. Along the way, the band stopped for lunch in a suburb of St. Louis. When they returned to their van 20 minutes later, they found the lock had been broken and all their gear — more than $15,000 of it — had been stolen. Insurance will not cover a notable amount of the stolen gear.

To help raise money to cover their loss, McMillan is offering a pay-what-you-can unreleased live version of his song “Borderland” on Bandcamp. When downloading, consider donating whatever you can to help keep his band on the road and able to provide for their families.

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