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If Scott Franson were a brick and mortar structure, he’d be considered an OBX landmark. Like a lighthouse. Not only is he talented in a plethora of ways, he’s very opinionated with respect to how he views music and his place in it — that’s because he has a story to tell. Sure, as a looper us…

I have been trying to write about the players I haven’t covered before. There are so many who are worthy, and I can’t get to all of them in a season.

There are some excellent guitarists that earn a living and hone their chops on this beach. Dave Matthews’ axeman, Tim Reynolds, is probably the most renown, but I can easily include Joe Mapp, Ruth Wyand, Kevin Roughton, and Matt McGuire on this list. Each top drawer, yet each practicing a to…

As founder/owner of the Arlington, Virginia-based Inner Ear Studios, Don Zientara nurtured and helped young, disaffected musicians find their voices and assisted in having those voices heard, worldwide, no less.

Shelli Gates is everywhere. At jams, open mics, concerts…you name it. She’s one busy lady. Besides earning her living as a respiratory therapist, she sings, plays, composes, co-founded a music nonprofit organization, works in various capacities at venues and concerts and — on top of it all —…