artist::The OaKs

Four years ago, The OaKs’s Ryan Costello sold everything he owned, joined a humanitarian organization and moved to Afghanistan to work with returned refugees, teaching them creative agricultural techniques. 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 guitar. In 2005, Costello returned to the US, reuniting with his creative partner, The OaKs’s drummer Matthew Antolick. The release of Our Fathers… drew immediate attention to The OaKs in Orlando, and the attention quickly went national as Paste Magazine featured Costello and The OaKs in their 2007 cover story ”Can Rock Save the World,” alongside such activist musicians as Bono, Peter Gabriel, and Steve Earle.

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