MUSIC: Guitarist Scott Huckabay performs from his latest CD

Meditative guitarist Scott Huckabay returns to Bellingham for a live concert and CD release of his collaboration on “Harmonic Way,” recorded with Soundings of the Planet’s Dean Evenson and Phil Heaven, at 8 p.m. Friday, March 13, at Presence Studio, 1412 Cornwall Ave., on the second floor.

The concert features Huckabay’s award-winning virtuoso guitar mastery, which has won the Independent Music Award, Album of the Year for “Alchemy,” and Guitarist of the Year award from BAM magazine. Musical guests include Dean Evenson, Phil Heaven and possible surprise guests.

In 1987, Huckabay was involved in a near-fatal motorcycle accident. Doctors told him he wouldn’t walk or play the electric guitar again. He ignored those dreaded words and began his recovery, which included an acoustic guitar and the desire to play again. A remarkable healing process ensued, which he attributes to the new music that flowed through his soul, along with a year spent swimming with wild dolphins and whales. It’s now his mission to share his music to help others find joy and inner peace.

A fretboard master who is reshaping the acoustic genre, Huckabay has developed more than 200 open-guitar tunings. His intricate licks incorporate elements of rock, folk, blues and fusion. He peppers a rhythmic groove with the warping and bending of notes, complete with an array of harmonic surprises.

Suggested admission is $15 to $20, sliding scale. Details: 360-738-9368, ScottHuckabay.com, soundings.com, and on Facebook.