Dalton Dover didn't hold anything back when it came time to shoot the music video for his song "Giving Up On That." He took the video crew back to his hometown near Rome, Georgia and included all the people and places most important to him.
"That's pretty much the whole music video," Dover said. "You can tell that it's my hometown. It was just some sentimental places that I can't wait for everybody to see."
Dover threw open the doors of his grandpa's church, where he used to sing as a child. He showcased his first job: working with his grandfather in the woods.
"I've not been out there in a long time," he said. "It's cool going back and doing that there."
He also takes viewers down Broad Street and to the highest peak in Rome, which happens to be a cemetery. Dover said it is "real beautiful" and that "you see the whole city" but not any graves.
"Growing up, you're playing all these small venues around here," he said. "Little did you know 12 years later you'd sign a record deal and film your first music video at the same exact place, the same bar that you played one of your first hometown shows in."
The song is sentimental, too. Dover wrote it with two of his best friends - Adam Craig and John Pierce - on his very first songwriting retreat. He had the title on his phone, and he explained the song is about how there are many things everyone gives up on, and there's some things people will never cut loose. In the song, a girl is what he won't give up.
Dover is adamant that no specific woman inspired the song. However, his girlfriend, his mother, his band, his uncles and cousins are all featured in the music video.
"It's going to be really cool for them to see because they don't know they're going to be in it yet," he said. "Every scene in the video is just somewhere that means something to me, places where I grew up. The people in the video are some of the most important people in my life."