‘Screaming Jimmy’ leaves Nevada County | TheUnion.com

‘Screaming Jimmy’ leaves Nevada County

When you read this, Jim “Screaming Jimmy” Townsend will have already hit the road on his move to the Central Coast of California. And his fans will miss him greatly.

A professional musician who has lived here for 16 years, Townsend has performed in virtually every venue there is in the Nevada City/Grass Valley area, from The Center for the Arts to the Stonehouse.

Performing as a solo or with his band BIGFISH small pond and playing mostly his original compositions, Townsend delighted many a music lover with his high soulful voice (thus, his moniker “Screaming Jimmy”).

Crowds know him as host of open mikes at Cooper’s and the former Kirby’s Creekside. Many a local young person has taken guitar and piano lessons from him.

For the past three years, Townsend has directed the choir at the Sierra Center For Positive Living, a Religious Science church in Grass Valley. There, the Rev. Sandra Fairbanks had nothing but good things to say about him.

“Jim is musically gifted, and we will all miss him and the joy his music awakens in our hearts.”

His leaving is “… the end of an era,” says fellow musician and community event organizer Mikail Graham.

In relocating to the town of Oceano with his wife, Sally, Townsend hopes to be closer to his son, Willie, who is a junior at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and do more of the same: “Living, performing and having fun.”

“I just wanted to thank all of the friends that have come to hear me over the years and the club owners, too,” said Townsend at a recent gig.

“I have made so many friends that it is hard to leave, but I will be back.” Perhaps this spring to play yet again at some old haunts, so watch the Prospector for the return of Screaming Jimmy.

Townsend can be reached at via e-mail at screamingjimmy@hotmail.com

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