Duke Robillard doesn't stop.
The guitarist, who released "Stomp! The Blues Tonight," a well-received throwback blues album in June, is already working on two new albums.
"I'm always recording," Robillard said from his home studio. "I'm just in this period where I have all these different projects and the means to do them and the inspiration."
Maybe you'll hear some of Robillard's unreleased work at the Columbia Blues Festival, which is celebrating its 15th year.
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The first of Robillard's new albums is part tribute to Les Paul, the legendary guitarist who died this year, and part lounge exotica. "Tales From the Tiki Lounge" will be released in mid-November or early December on Robillard's own label, Blue Duchess.
"There's nothing out there like it," he said. "It's got a very old sound, a high fidelity old sound."
The ideas just come, and then Robillard heads to the studio where he works out arrangements on the fly. His solos are done in one take, two at the most.
"I like to get things fresh," he said. "I used to be the opposite. It can be perfect technically, but you can suck the life out of it."
Robillard began recording another blues album this week. The speaker feedback hasn't even calmed from the sounds of "Stomp! The Blues Tonight," an album that re-created and re-imagined the post-Depression and World War II R&B that presaged rock 'n' roll.
"That was the music I was inspired to play," said Robillard of his first band, Roomful of Blues. "It's kind of like a trip back in time to play that style of music."
The era of the '40s and '50s saw the popularity of big bands waning. Honking sax players and electric guitarists took the lead in bands. What's leading music now? Computer-generated beats and computer-programmed vocals. And Robillard's blues aren't mainstream cool.
"Usually it's about every 10 years when blues are in fashion," he said. "The biggest problem is that there's not as many places to play because people don't go out to shows."
It's hard, Robillard added, for blues players to get gigs during the week. They can get one-off dates on the weekend because of festivals like the one this weekend.
"When you're on the road, you got to keep playing," Robillard continued. "You can't sit in the hotel for four days.
"I think people are gonna realize if you want to see live music, you have to go out or you won't be able to see it at all."
If Robillard doesn't stop making music - and he won't - the people will come.