ERNIE CRUZ SR. - $15
If you thought John's Dad was a local Hawaiian musician, think again.
He may be known as the "Waimea Cowboy," but his style is straight-up
country. "I love Hawaiian music too much to mess it up," Ernie joked.
His ancestors are from Guam, but he grew up on a farm in Modesto,
California before moving to Hawaii in 1958. "Only Better!" is Ernie's
10th album and features John on 4 tracks, along with daughters Tiffa,
Connie and Marissa on "I Love You Hilo," which his wife Maggie wrote.
From the twang of Merle Haggard to the inspiration of the gospel, Ernie
delivers a robust, uplifting collection of 14 classic songs.