Holler Live Sessions: Dalton Dover

June 28, 2023 1:22 pm GMT
Last Edited July 4, 2023 4:27 pm GMT

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Holler Live Sessions: Dalton Dover


'Giving Up On That'

'Bury Me In This Bar'

"I love it, let's go" Dalton Dover calmly gestures as he tunes up his guitar, all in preparation for his Holler Live Session at The Betsey Trotwood pub in London, England.

Dover has quickly become of country's most promising new acts, based on the strength of a stretch of heart-pounding singles that he's released, starting with 2021's 'You Got A Small Town'

Not only a killer vocalist and a free-flowing guitarist, Dover delivers fist-pounding anthems that range every emotion - from the elation of finding comfort from somewhere or someone to the heart-wrenching struggle and self-doubt in your decisions in love, life and everything in between.

"I'm about to sing y'all my first ever song that went to country radio, and this song right here is called 'Giving Up on That'".

A 2010s country-influenced heavy hitter, the song loses none of the emotional weight that burns through it's reverb-heavy studio recording here in the pub. If anything, it glows even brighter from Dover's raw and powerful vocal delivery.

Crossing the never-ending tightrope between being a sinner and a saint, the flaws and aspirations that Dover expresses through his music are as evocative as those expressed by the Luke Combs' and Jelly Roll's of the world, a sincere and unposed songwriter etching his very being into three chords and the truth.

"A lot of people have been saying that this is part two of [Joe Diffie's song] 'Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox', but I'm gonna let y'all judge it for yourself", Dover suggests before delving into his second song, the unreleased 'Bury Me In This Bar'.

As he suggests about the whiskey in the song, such an opinion isn't too far away - it's a hedonistic, tall-boy sinker, with one heck of a big chorus. Even just on the acoustic, Dover rips into its smokey, southern rhythm, treading through a swampy beat as he bellows from his throat.

It shows the different sides to Dover's songwriting and character - at once a deeply-candid and contemplative person, while also a unfettered, rip-roaring artist not yet even at the peak of his powers.

Performing his songs 'Giving Up On That' and 'Bury Me In This Bar', this is Dalton Dover for the Holler Live Sessions.

Holler Live Sessions Team

Director: Dan Monro

Cameras: Dan Monro, Tom Francome, Nick Richards and Joe Monk

Audio Engineer: Nathaniel Kastoryano

Editor: Dan Monro (Lookout Productions)

Producers: Ross Jones & Gemma Donahoe

Written by Ross Jones