PAMELA HOPKINS – SQUIRREL TRAIN

Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio, we’ve been listening to the latest single from Arkansas power-house vocalist, Pamela Hopkins. The single, Squirrel Train, came out on November 25, 2022 and we’re here to tell you that we have utterly fallen in love with this song!

It’s not all that often that a country song grabs our attention quite this much. Don’t get us wrong, we love country music, but you have to sift through a lot of music that sounds similar to find the gems. We’ve done the sifting for you – Squirrel Train is a gem. No doubt about it.

Squirrel Train is a comedic song about Pamela’s struggles with ADHD. It is a light-hearted, self deprecating dig at herself and apology to those around her that sometimes they’ll find her on the “Squirrel Train” and there’s nothing she can do about it.

The lyrics are clever and witty and had us grinning throughout; “Some think it’s cos I’m blonde and my head is filled with air, but it’s just the opposite, there’s way too many things in there”.

Squirrel Train takes a train rhythm to back up the train in the lyrics and from the moment the song starts, you know you’re in for a fun ride. With banjos, guitars and fiddles, this song has all the elements of great country.

Extreme kudos has to be given to the guitar solo. This is a highly skilled and precise delivery with some incredibly fast triplets. This is some of the best country picking we’ve ever heard. It is outstanding.

Pamela’s voice has the perfect amount of country twang in it and her vocals are lovely and clear in the mix. Reminding us a little of Sarah John’s great song, The One In The Middle, this is a song that gave us goosebumps.

Ideas from our ears.

To our ears, a small boost across the high mids and highs centred around 9kHz would increase the overall brightness in the track but it sure doesn’t ‘need’ anything. A fun track from start to finish.

Final thoughts

We cannot stop grinning at this track. Everything about it, from the writing to the performance, to the tongue-in-cheek lyrics just screams quality. This song has “hit” written all over it. We’re off to listen to it again!