So, it’s only natural Jay Farrar – former Son Volt and Uncle Tupelo star – is playing on the other side of the Atlantic for the next couple of months.

Although the French can really relate to the terroir blues, Farrar is missing the country on his latest European romp. But the rest of the continent, the U.K. and Ireland included, are on tap.

In the U.K. and Ireland, he is backed by Mick Clews and Peter Noone (both in Peter Bruntnell’s band) and Mark Spencer (Blood Oranges), with Peter Bruntnell supporting. Then, in Europe, it’s just Farrar and Spencer.

After getting their share of good beer, Farrar and company head back home where they play a New Year’s Eve gig in Denver, opening for the Yonder Mountain String Band. From January 15 through the end of the month, Farrar and his backing band, Canyon, will play a selection of theatres and clubs from Texas out West to Washington.

Earlier this summer, Farrar released his second album, Terroir Blues. The album contains 23 tracks of new original songs, instrumental pieces and alternate takes.