Sims performs live at the Minnesota State Fair

Sims performs "Uh Huh" live on 89.3 The Current at our booth at the Minnesota State Fair. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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Sims performs live at the Minnesota State Fair
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  • Sims - SIMS JONG IL (Live at the Minnesota State Fair) 02:53
  • Sims - Uh Huh (Live at the Minnesota State Fair) 03:44
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Sims performs before the Minnesota State Fair crowd at the MPR booth. (MPR / Nate Ryan)

When Mary Lucia asked Sims what has inspired him as of late, he responded without hesitation: Pronto Pups. Good thing he was on a stage at the Minnesota State Fair, where corn dogs are plentiful.

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Sims performing live on the MPR stage at the Minnesota State Fair. (MPR / Nate Ryan)

All week, Doomtree emcees will be joining The Current at the Great Minnesota Get-Together for performances at the MPR booth, leading up to the big MN Music-on-a-Stick show featuring performances by the seven-person crew and by local acts Brother Ali, Bob Mould, Har Mar Superstar, Cloud Cult and the Cactus Blossoms.

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Sims performing live on the MPR stage at the Minnesota State Fair. (MPR / Nate Ryan)

And on top of their big grandstand gig this Saturday, Aug. 30, Doomtree release their 500 page career-spanning photo book today, Aug. 26. The behind-the-scenes photos date as far back as 2001 and were taken mostly by the artists themselves. "Everybody needs a good book and everybody has a coffee table," says Mary Lucia. If not, Sims insists on building you a table from scratch, straight out of his own garage woodshop.

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Sims hangs out at the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair. (MPR / Nate Ryan)

Sims' schedule isn't slowing down. His tour in support of Field Notes, out next Tuesday, Sept. 2, kicks off on Thursday in San Francisco. He even mentioned the possibility of a folk album in future. He recently crossed "Be interviewed on the Giant Slide at the Minnesota State Fair" off his bucket list, too.

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Sims does a dance for Mary Lucia on the MPR stage at the Minnesota State Fair. (MPR / Nate Ryan)

Songs Performed

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Sims and The Current blogger Andrea Swensson take a trip down the giant slide. (MPR / Nate Ryan)

"SIMS JONG IL"
"Uh Huh"

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Sims clutches a corn dog at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. (MPR / Nate Ryan)

Both songs off Field Notes, out Sept. 2, 2014, via Doomtree Records.

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