U.S. and Cuba – Friends After 50 years?


So the U.S. and Cuba are friends again? Thank you President Obama for listening to me, though as in most things, it took the U..S Government 5 years too long to act. Now, at least, a few hundred old Cuban-Americans in South Florida no longer dictate policy for a nation of 300 million. Finally, things are beginning to make sense.

Yes, after a trip to Cuba, it was the only logical conclusion any rational human being could come to. It was time… indeed past time, to change policy towards Cuba. See my 1st blog post on the subject HERE ?

But as I saw first hand, the Cuban government is as corrupt (and I believe incompetent) as it gets. I witnessed this when they arrested some of the punks or “Los Freakies” (The Freaks) as they are often referred to in Havana, when speaking with me on camera.

It’s been almost exactly 5 years since I was in Havana, interviewing these punks and some were carted off to jail for God knows how long.

Now, today, the U.S. has announced they will begin to “normalize” relations with Cuba. Great!

I thought it would be a good time to remind you of this video back when this blog was just getting off the ground.

I feel like throwing a party? You in?

Serbian Punk – Kvazimodo

With Darko & the guys from Kvazimodo

With Darko & the guys from Kvazimodo in Belgrade, Serbia 

Catch these guys on Raw Travel Serbia coming next month (Nov. 8th-9th, 2014) in the U.S.

Kvazimodo’s New Video with Lyrics

Lyrics (English Translation) 
Years pass, all things
we are silent, it will no longer be able to

Ask yourself why you put up with
now show me everything, everything you think

Raise your voice (hey hey hey)
Raise your hand
Against the system now
Raise your voice
Raise your hand

With eyes take off your blindfold
Another person’s hand is now in your pocket

Income tax at all, the breathing
I will no longer so, so can not

Raise your voice (hey hey hey)
Raise your hand
Against the system now
Raise your voice
Raise your hand

Copyright 2014 – Kvazimodo


Singl: Revolucija (2014)
Producer: Pedericco Rashiid (Atheist Rap)
Studio: SOCIJALA STUDIO (Novi Sad, Serbia)
Lyrics: Ilija Marjanovi?
Music: Milan Vi?i?
Video: Darko Stojanovi?
Kvazimodo is:
Milan Vi?i? (gutars,vocal)
Darko Stojanovi? (drums,back vocal)
Ilija Marjanovi?(bass,vocal)

Nashville Tennessee.. Musical Mecca

Johnny Cash Museum

Johnny Cash Museum

Nasvhille Tennessee, my home town (well close enough) and it’s booming. We were recently in town filming for Raw Travel TV. I know that you know that Nashville is a great music town. We all know about it’s country music legacy and while I don’t have much patience or resepct for today’s modern country music scene, I do, like many punk rockers, respect immensely the old time roots country & hillbilly influence from artists back in the day and a handful of original artists today that may fall into the “country” or “crossover” genre.

Johnny Cash Musuem

Johnny Cash Musuem


What you may not know about Nashville is that it’s a musical river that runs long and deep. I was spoiled when I lived there able to take in incredibly talented musicians playing live almost every day of the week for next to nothing.

While NYC may boasts the king of all things media, Nashville is the reining champ when it comes to music. Sorry Austin, please by all means, do keep doing your thing but Nashville is the spot.

Jonah Kraut

Jonah Kraut

And yes, if you are wondering, while I’m no expert I do know that there is a decent punk rock history as well. Bands like Jason and the Scorchers and venues like the famed Exit Inn (still running strong) come to mind.

While in Nashville, we soaked it all in. We stopped off a the newly opened Johnny Cash Museum and interviewed the musuem owner and Johnny Cash’s long time friend, Bill Miller, who regaled us with stories about the man in black and we swapped theories as to how and why Johnny Cash became so beloved by such a wide variety of music lovers (punks included) toward the latter stages of his life and career (and is still picking up steam even after death).

Johnny Cash Mural

Johnny Cash Mural

We also hung out with indie rockabilly musician, Jonah Kraut, a super nice and a super talented songwriter and musician who moved to Nashville from Chicago to be around the good vibes. I’ll have his music up here soon for you to sample. I’ve listeneed to his latest CD and trust me its good stuff.

And then it was time for some psychobilly, Nashville style, with the Hellfire Revival. My producer was so excited when he heard these guys play live I thought I was gonna have to take over on main camera. They have that effect on folks live.

Hellfire Revival

Hellfire Revival

Well, I didn’t take over on camera and below is just a kind of crappy iphone video of the guys performing for us but I really dig their music and wanted to get it out there to you so here goes. Visit the guys on their facebook page and let them know what you think… and tell them you heard it here… on Punk Outlaw.

Jonny Cash Mural - Downtown Nashville

Jonny Cash Mural – Downtown Nashville

Oh and remember to stay tuned to Raw Travel in February when the Nashville episode is due to premiere. I know you like punk rock or you probably wouldn’t be here, but I really think you’ll dig it.

Hellfire Revival

Hellfire Revival

For now, enjoy the music of Hellfire Revival!

Say Hello to Community Records in NOLA

New Orleans, Louisiana –  Now that place has some musical heritage, of that, there is little doubt.

Finally, we’re heading there in December to give you the low down on the underground music scene there. One group of folks we’ll be sure hooking up with is Community Records, a cool concept for a record label where almost everything is free. You Simply have to dig it.

Community Records
Reportedly they have a kick butt block party every year (see below) and it’s coming up October 25th if you happen to be around, send us some pics. More info on the party HERE.

I won’t make the Block Party but I am looking forward to catching up with these guys when we hit NoLa in a few weeks!

Pay them a visit either in person or online and if you do, say hello for Punk Outlaw & Raw Travel will ya?