South Carolina Arts Commission

Arts Directory

Johnny Thomas Fowler




  • Music
  • Storytelling

Geographical Availability

  • Upstate
  • Midlands
  • PeeDee
  • Low Country


Johnny Thomas Fowler, mountain-heritage storyteller, award winning musician and best-selling author is from the Upcountry of South Carolina. He is a member of the South Carolina Institute for Community Scholars, and in 2011-12 he served as the project scholar for the S.C. Humanities Council. Johnny is one of seventeen national storytellers featured in the book Southern Appalachian Storytellers. He was awarded the prestigious Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award, the highest award given to folk artists in S.C. He has been a featured teller at Stone Soup Storytelling Festival, the International Storytelling Festival, and host-teller at the Hagood Mill Storytelling Festival. He is currently the best-selling author with Kennedy Free Press, and in 2017 released his first children’s book. He produces a weekly storytelling segment on N.C. Public Radio. Johnny has been an active residency and performing artist for over 30 years teaching and sharing his love of storytelling, folklore and music. Looking for great storytelling and music for Arts Day, Literacy Night or South Carolina Day? Need a best-selling author or a special folk music presentation for music classes? His social studies residencies/performances about South Carolina are very popular. He specializes in active storytelling residencies for all ages.


Jennifer Pitman

Anderson Mill Elementary/ Gifted Educator

Mr. Fowler is naturally talented in relating to all students by displaying a love of music within the arts. The kids enjoy his company and he is very entertaining. He is easy to work with and reliable. His dedication and love of music show when he shares and teaches children. We love his visits!

(April 21, 2022)

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