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updated 07/27/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/27/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>HOLLY WILLIAMS

• The singer-songwriter daughter of Hank Williams Jr. is making her family proud while wowing critics and Nashville with her country album Here with Me

HER SONGS TELL HER LIFE STORY Her album includes a tune about surviving a 2006 car wreck that nearly killed her and her sister Hilary, 30, and a thank-you song for mom Becky, a single parent after splitting from Hank Jr. when Holly was 2. "She could have complained or put down my dad," says Williams, 28, "and she never did."

DAD WAS PROTECTIVE Hank Jr., 60, didn't party near his kids and sheltered them at his wild shows. "If we were in the tequila-drinking, shooting, fighting crowd, he'd lose it," she says.

SHERYL CROW AND FAITH HILL SHOP AT HER STORE She owns Nashville boutique H. Audrey, where stars get chic basics. As does Williams, who often raids the racks: "I rarely shop outside the store. It saves me so much money."

SHE DATED JOHN MAYER BEFORE IT WAS COOL "I fell in love with him for a couple of weeks like every other girl who sees him play guitar," she says of their 2002 fling.

SHE'S A DOG'S BFF She's rescued 25 pups like Oliver and Alfie, who "jump off the walls" when she gets home. Says Holly: "You don't get that much from humans!"

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