“Hypnotic guitar meets wrong side of the tracks storytelling, leading us down a dark alley of spokenword intrigue …. Jagged harmonicas tear in …. Jim Priest is not to be missed.

For fans of: Tom Waits, Loudoun Wainwright III, Sage Francis.”

– Shannon Duvall, from “Before I Die”, YouBloom Festival


I was abducted by a feral band of Latvian hookers when I was a year and a half into my first Mormon mission spreading the good word. This was a real game changer. I’ve been writing poetry ever since. After a couple million coffee houses, a few hair bands on The Strip, and a life of abject debauchery I ended up with a wrinkled brown paper bag of songs, poems and stories, some of which even I like.



Jim Priest @ Silverlake Lounge | Friday, May 25, 8:30pm

Having just returned from my months-long journey of self discovery in the wild environs of a car wash in Pico Rivera, I’ll be revealing my new found insights at the SILVERLAKE LOUNGE tomorrow night 5/25 at 8:30. Bring your thirst for heightened awareness. Or beer, anyway. @silverlakelounge #SurgeEvent 2906 SUNSET BLVD. 90026 FRI., NOV 10, …



Out here no one can hear you scream
They’re all screaming too
Inside your head he leans in close and whispers
Out here the light is so damned good
The light is so damned good
Colossalangeles awaits you in the bushes

– from “Colossalangeles”

The roaches on the south wall,
fortified by the remnants of a Burrito Supreme,
form a phalanx and advance menacingly
on the roaches of the east wall

– from “Sherman & Sepulveda”

Summoned thus his supplicants crawl westward
with hearts of scar
and heads of solid bone
Eager to be cruelly crushed
beneath his mighty smirk

– from “Colossalangeles”

Seek you not Ovelika
Bestower of Fame
Even now she passes
Bound and gagged in Dennis Woodruff’s trunk

– from “Lesser Gods of Greater Los Angeles”