Dave Carroll, the primary writer for Sons of Maxwell, is winning committed fans everywhere their music is heard. His songs are injected with a "coming home" sense of familiarity, yet are refreshingly unique. Dave's music can be enjoyed in the car on a ride home from work or, as has been the case, can also be studied in poetry classes for the depth in his lyrics. An intelligent lyric, supported by music that is embraced by a wide audience is what sets Dave’s writing apart.
Recognition for Dave's talent as a songwriter of the first order is gaining momentum within the industry and music professionals are beginning to see what fans have known for quite some time. In the spring of 2008, Sons of Maxwell were traveling to Nebraska for a one-week tour and Dave’s Taylor guitar was witnessed being thrown by United Airlines baggage handlers in Chicago. He discovered later that the $3500 guitar was severely damaged. United Airlines didn’t deny the experience occurred, but for nine months the various people he communicated with put the responsibility for dealing with the damage on everyone other than themselves. The final word from United was that they would do nothing to compensate him for his loss. Dave promised the last person who finally said “no” to compensation (Ms. Irlweg) that he would write and produce three songs about his 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, is titled “United Breaks Guitars” and has received international media coverage and over 4 million hits on YouTube in less than 4 weeks. You can view the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YGc4zOqozo. United: Song 2 has been written and video production is underway. United: Song 3 is coming.
Most of Dave’s compositions have helped fuel Sons of Maxwell´s career touring Canada and Europe, but other artists have taken interest in Dave´s writing as well. Celtic Connection, a Newfoundland band, made Dave´s song "Sixteen for Awhile" a hit in that province, selling more than 25,000 copies. More recently, despite using the song for the newest Sons of Maxwell release, American country superstars Diamond Rio short-listed Dave's song "I'm Willing" for their current recording. This song was co-written in Nashville with Jon Vezner a successful and prominent Nashville writer.