New Multitudes is the second of three albums Farrar will release this year. In January, he issued Terroir Blues: The Dogtown Sessions, a shorter version of his 2003 release, Terroir Blues. The third disc will be a new Son Volt album, due for late 2012. It's yet another evolution of the band, and Farrar's approach to it. "The prime motivation in the past was to kind of step back with the solo records and present a more acoustic side, but over the years that line or distinction has become kind of blurred," he says.

The New Multitudes tour wraps up in Boston, then Farrar moves on to new Son Volt dates in May. He doesn't rule out future work with the New Multitudes crew. "It's something you realize over the years. You have to kind of keep your mind occupied to keep the creative process moving forward. That means having side projects for sure." Moving from band to band might be a challenge, but that's the way Farrar works. "A challenge is a good thing," he says.

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