Saturday, October 13, 2007

The OaKs


SONG (MP3): For Hugh Thompson, Who Stood Alone. My Lai Massacre, Vietnam, 1968

ALBUM: Our Fathers And The Things They Left Behind

FILE UNDER: Indie / Alternative / Folk

Four years ago, The OaKs's Ryan Costello sold everything he owned, joined a humanitarian organization and moved to Afghanistan. Costello lived there for two years, working in the Central Afghan mountains with returned refugees, teaching them creative agricultural techniques and becoming fluent in their native language, Farsi. Late at night, while the dust storms blocked out the stars and rattled the windows, he would sit and work out impressions of what he had seen and heard that day on his acoustic guitar.

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