Exclusive Download: W.B. Givens, “Oh My God”

Juli Thanki | September 23rd, 2013

warren mainIf you haven’t heard W.B. Givens before, you’re in for a treat today. We’re glad to offer Engine 145 readers a free download of “Oh My God,” the toe-tapping first single from the Mississippi-raised, Nashville-based singer-songwriter’s forthcoming debut record, Locomotion (out October 29).

Here’s what Givens had to say about the story behind the song:

This song was inspired because I got stuck, a skill I seem to have perfected. I got stuck with my long-time friend and writing partner Chad Carson after a bluegrass festival in Charlottesville, VA. This was the first song we ever wrote, and the song is about that urgent need, once you realize you’re stuck, to purge all of the routine bullshit that comes with “normal” life. Stick to your guns, and go for it. We actually worked up the arrangement a couple of years back while we were in New Orleans tracking demos for The Kid Carsons (Chad Carson’s band) at their home studio on Magazine Street. Beautiful place. Luke Iverson (or “Boots”) dropped the strings on this old Danelectro a few steps and wrote that opening riff. The version we recorded down there never made it on a record, but we kept the arrangement.


Download “Oh My God” (mp3) (right-click, then select “Save Link As”)

  1. Wyman Stewart
    September 30, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I’ve heard better; I’ve heard worse. The music is interesting. The song is not my cup of tea. The song has a limited audience, who will appreciate it, if the song finds its way, to that audience. A bit, R.E.M.ish,

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