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Kimber Lanning on Sleepwalker's "Out of Here" (1998)

Editor's Note: A version of this article appears in this week's issue, featuring 100 Songs that Defined Arizona. In celebration of Arizona's centennial, we spoke with Kimber Lanning, whose got musician (Half-String, Letdownright), record store owner (Stinkweeds), and retail activist (Local First Arizona) on her resume. She discussed Sleepwalker's 1998 track "Out of Here," her favorite Arizona tune.

"Out of Here," Sleepwalker, Man on the Moon (1998, Hayden's Ferry)

"Drops of rain/Slipping down the window pane/And I'm think it myself again/And I'm singing to myself again/Every day here feels like another year."

"There's just something in the vocal delivery of Jamal Ruhe (of One). It was just Jamal singing and playing guitar, and Jon Rauhouse on pedal steel, bass, and drums. It's not complex; it's super-stripped down and pretty. Jon Rauhouse has played on so many good records. If music were the NBA, he'd be the player with the most assists, and you can't underestimate the importance of that."

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.