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Peter Walker, Daniel Bachman, Ezekiel Graves 

When: Sun., Feb. 9, 8 p.m. 2014

The industry of musical excavation is one of surefire intrigue, even if every late-career revival doesn't launch the financially solvent second lives of performers such as Solomon Burke or Bettye LaVette. The acoustic guitarist Peter Walker epitomizes the monetarily modest revival: In the late '60s, Walker released two albums of fevered strums, with Indian trance music cycled through the rainbow lens of the American psychedelic scene. (Walker was a close collaborator of Dr. Timothy Leary.) He recorded an explosive and pointed third record, Has Anybody Seen Our Freedoms?, in 1970, but he waited to release it until last year. That's because Walker vanished from public performance soon thereafter, working instead on raising a family. He simultaneously focused on his guitar technique, though, privately devoting himself to the study of flamenco guitar and its intersections with the ragas and modes he'd already explored.

The result is the still-sterling 2008 release Echo of My Soul, Walker's first full album of new material in four decades and the follow-up to a tribute that included Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore. Its 14 tracks find Walker weaving brief tales with nylon strings and applying the same ecstatic, aggressive approach he'd lent to steel strings in the '60s. It's less of a second act than a revisionist history.

—Grayson Haver Currin



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