It's no secret that Columbus is home to countless amazing and talented musicians.

The part that might go unrecognized is all of the hard work it takes to make a living playing music.

In spite of hardships, the following artists persist in a way of life that enriches the cultural fabric of the capital city:

* John Philip Allen got his start in music after receiving his first bass guitar around age 10. About the same time, Allen's mother gave him several Led Zeppelin concert DVDs, instilling in him an admiration for legendary bassist John Paul Jones.

As a performer, Allen keeps busy as a regular member of the Cordial Sins, Safety Squad, Topher James & Biscuit Brigade, Bluewater Kings Band and many more.

"There is a hotbed of creativity and radical art in this city and some of the most inspiring creators, performers, artists cohabitating and creating together," Allen said.

* Mistar Anderson is on a hot streak and a major reason is full-time member and trombonist Elaine Mylius.

"Last September (we played) at the Independents' Day Festival," Mylius said. "We had around 17 people on stage and it was insane."

Mylius also organized the schedules of the dozen-or-so jazz performers who joined the group on stage, leading the ensemble through 10 songs it had never performed together live.

Undertaking a challenge of this scale clearly is a joy for an artist who finds purpose in serving others through music. In addition to duties with Mistar Anderson, Mylius performs regularly with local acts Zoo Trippin', Hoodoo Soul Band and Famous Jazz Orchestra.

* When asked about the person who first inspired him to play music, drummer Josh Heber drew a blank. The one thing he is sure of is that the support given to him by his father instilled in him an ironclad work ethic.

Outside of his busy home life, Heber has found a second family among the hardworking artists in the Columbus music scene, playing drums with groups such as the Deeptones, the Rust Belt Rumble Family Band and Kinfolk.

"I honestly just want to be the best drummer I can possibly be," Heber said.

"For me, that means learning from as many people as I can."

There are more talented, hard-working musicians in Columbus that cannot fit in one column, but these three gifted musicians rank among the best and the busiest.

Mike Thomas is a feature writer for In The Record Store. ThisWeek publishes a weekly feature from the organization, which focuses on central Ohio music discovery and involvement.