Williams sounds great on her second CD, titled
Here With Me, where she has turned her full
attention to a real country sound with pedal steel,
country guitars, heartbreak songs and great upbeat
honky tonk songs. This is one of the best country
CDs that I have heard this year. Her emotive voice
can send chills up your spine and her songs are
stuff that you can really relate to. The recording
quality is enticing, done in HDCD, where it really
helps on this very well produced disc.
Williams' performance sounds like the classics, as
in the upbeat "Let Her Go", this song tells why this
gal should be let go, she'll just hurt you in the
"Love I Think Will Last" has some
great country guitar, "finally found a love I
think will last, he don't give a hoot about my
The CD starts out with the
beautiful "He's Making A Fool Out Of You." This is a
syrupy slow song that resonates with heartache.
"Mama" is a classic upbeat song
about her Williams' mother, just a great tune that
will stick in your memory. I love to listen to this
CD to get my day off to a good start, when I'm
having breakfast. I have had this disc for awhile so
it is a very simple review, this disc is a keeper
for me. I have not tired of it at all and I loved it
from the first listen. Williams' label, Mercury
Records, did not chintz on this disc, using the best
studios, musicians and had it mastered by Denny
Purcell's prodigy Andrew Mendolsohn at Georgetown
Williams has a way with a song
and also wrote or co wrote most of this disc.
Ironically she covers the hauntingly sparse "Birds"
written by Neil Young, almost like Linda Ronstadt
did as a last song on her self titled CD back in the
Saving this tidbit for last, in
case you do not know, Holly is the granddaughter of
Hank Williams Sr. and the daughter of Hank Williams
Jr. The music stands on it's own, but I did want you
to know this gal has some "real" country blood
running thru her veins.