United Breaks Guitars

by | 10 Jul, 2009

A Song For United

Nothing to do with Bluegrass Music, but a subject that strikes fear into the hearts of every musician who has ever contemplated flying with their precious instruments. Here’s a sad tale from Dave Carrol sent to me from mandolin player, Bob Lord.

In the spring of 2008, Dave Carol was flying United Airlines with the rest of his band, Sons of Maxwell. His Taylor guitar was witnessed being thrown by United Airlines baggage handlers in Chicago. He later discovered that the unthinkable had happened, his $3,500 Taylor guitar was severely damaged.

The airlines didn’t deny the experience occurred but for nine months the various people he attempted to communicate with put the responsibility for dealing with the damage on everyone other than themselves. Finally the airlines said they would do nothing to compensate me for my loss. So I promised the last person to finally say ‘no’ to compensation (Ms. Irlweg) that I would write and produce three songs about my experience with United Airlines and make videos for each to be viewed online by anyone in the world. United: Song 1 is the first of those songs. United: Song 2 has been written and video production is underway. United: Song 3 is coming. I promise – Dave Carrol


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