Holly Williams – “Keep The Change”

The granddaughter and daughter of country music royalty, Holly Williams certainly didn’t want to be a country singer.  It’s just what comes natural to her.  With smartly-penned tunes, Holly has survived a fickle town to release this, her first single on Mercury Nashville.

She’s from Country music royalty yet her first album (2004′s) “The Ones We Never Knew” was hardly a country album, despite being released by Universal Records South.  After surviving a horrorific car accident, Holly Williams returns to the national scene with this tempo-filled track that instantly recalls Mary Chapin Carpenter.  Since radio doesn’t really play Carpenter these days, why not give Holly that smartly written, hook-filled songs.  “Keep The Change” finds the 26 year-old writing about living life stuck at home and then waxes philosophic, over cascading drums and sliding guitar notes and steel guitar fills about “I’ve paid my dues honey, you can keep the change.” There’s something in this single that suggests that music row’s ready for another smart, strong vocalist and songwriter like Holly.