Local storyteller J.A. Bolton said he was raised along the banks of the Pee Dee River in Richmond County, during an interview with “Carolina Country” magazine, printed by the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives.
“Open a Mind, Touch a Heart - Storytellers continue a North Carolina tradition,” an article by Margaret Buranen in the March issue of the magazine highlights several storytellers from the North Carolina Storytelling Guild. Buranen listed several upcoming storytelling events, including the Storytelling Festival of Carolina in Laurinburg from March 21-23, one of Bolton’s favorite annual events.
According to Bolton, one of his favorite past times growing up in Richmond County was listening to older storytellers.
“I loved to hear the old characters tell their tall tales,” Bolton told the magazine. “Won’t long I was telling with the best of them.”
Bolton is known for his use of colloquialisms, his ability to capture what is North Carolinian and his knack for adapting his own ghost stories, as well as civil war stories.