You've never heard of Joe Callahan, and he's fine with that. While other singer-songwriters of his caliber would have relocated to New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, or Austin, Callahan chose to forge a different path. Settling in an isolated part of Northern Pennsylvania, Callahan has been steadily honing his craft over the last few years, fine-tuning his sound and creating a musical identity all his own. With the release of his debut E.P. Reprise in April, 2011, Callahan has established himself as one of the decade's most intriguing up-and-coming songwriters, and the songs on Reprise are a testament to his individualistic spirit. "I wasn't really interested in making a typical singer-songwriter record," Callahan admits. "Just me and an acoustic guitar-simple, small-town guy makes simple, small-town music, that kind of thing. I wanted to create something that defied all those expectations." Callahan, who holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Antioch University, also worked as a butcher and a janitor before deciding to pursue music full-time. Driven by his distinctive brand of impressionistic wordplay, the songs on Reprise employ a daring use of symbolism and a rhythmic sense of melody to create it's engaging sound. From the title track's cacophonous closing moments to the slow-burning majesty of "All Of The Above," from the free-wheeling rock 'n' roll of "The Audience" to anthemic indie-stomp of "The Rich Recluse," from the laidback folk-rock of "The Sultan's Wife" to the scathing rebuke of "You & Me," Reprise runs the gamut, with Callahan consistently recombining his varied influences into a completely unique genre. "The arrangements on this record are huge," Callahan says, laughing. "You could even say a little bloated-but they were intended that way. I set out to do something that would destroy the preconceptions about what music made in a small-town could be. I think most people believe you would have to go into a big studio to make this kind of record, but that's just not true anymore. We recorded this in my kitchen, and in my buddy's living room, and it sounds better that 99% of what's out there right now." In addition to performing in hundreds of venues all over the Northeast, Callahan has twice been a featured performer on 104.5 WNBT, and during the summer of 2010 he headlined a concert at Dunn Field in Elmira, New York with a near-capacity crowd in attendance. With a full-length album already in the works and myriad tour dates to be announced in the coming months, it appears as though Joe Callahan's journey out of obscurity has already begun. And while you may have never heard of Joe Callahan, that is about to change.