Sims performs live at the Minnesota State Fair

by Mary Lucia, Leah Garaas

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    Sims performs live at the Minnesota State Fair
    Sims - SIMS JONG IL (Live at the Minnesota State Fair)
    Sims - Uh Huh (Live at the Minnesota State Fair)

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.

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.

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.

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.

Songs Performed

"SIMS JONG IL"
"Uh Huh"

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

Hosted by Mary Lucia
Produced by Derrick Stevens
Engineered by Corey Schreppel
Web feature by Leah Garaas

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8 Photos

  • Sims and the giant slide at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair.
    Sims and the giant slide at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Sims performs before the Minnesota State Fair crowd at the MPR booth.
    Sims performs before the Minnesota State Fair crowd at the MPR booth. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Sims performing live on the MPR stage at the Minnesota State Fair.
    Sims performing live on the MPR stage at the Minnesota State Fair. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Sims performing live on the MPR stage at the Minnesota State Fair.
    Sims performing live on the MPR stage at the Minnesota State Fair. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Sims hangs out at the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair.
    Sims hangs out at the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Sims does a dance for Mary Lucia on the MPR stage at the Minnesota State Fair.
    Sims does a dance for Mary Lucia on the MPR stage at the Minnesota State Fair. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Sims and The Current blogger Andrea Swensson take a trip down the giant slide.
    Sims and The Current blogger Andrea Swensson take a trip down the giant slide. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
  • Sims clutches a corn dog at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.
    Sims clutches a corn dog at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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