Meet Paul Evans Pedersen Jr., a down-to-earth South Jersey native and grandfather of ten, residing in Malaga, NJ, (Franklin Twp., Gloucester County) with his wife, Cookie. Paul is a man of simple pleasures who loves his roots, people, and the art of storytelling.
As a singer/songwriter, screenwriter, author, and glass jewelry artisan, Paul's talents are as diverse as the Pine Barrens landscape he calls home. With a knack for crafting tunes since the tender age of 3, he's a seasoned musician, playing drums since 12 and guitar since 14. Paul's music has garnered recognition, earning him four Grammy nominations in 2008 and an additional seven in 2009.
His popular albums, including "Endlessly," "Agua Noir," "Manhattan Grits," and the 2014 release "Lines On The Pines," showcase his deep connection to the South Jersey Pine Barrens. A highlight in his career was being featured on CNN's "Anthony Bourdain-Parts Unknown" and the YouTube sensation "Sam & Colby" in 2021.
Beyond music, Paul is an accomplished author, with published works such as "Required Restroom Readings" and "The Legendary Pine Barrens-New Tales From Old Haunts." As a former reporter and columnist for publications like The Weekly Retrospect, The Camden County Firefighter, The Hammonton Gazette, Shore Local Magazine and the Vineland Daily Journal, he's no stranger to the power of words.
Paul's creativity extends to jewelry making, with his "Pine Barrens Diamonds" available in various retail shops across south and central Jersey. Fashioned from discarded glass chunks he uncovers at historic glassworks sites in the Pine Barrens, his jewelry tells a unique tale of the region's rich history.
With a warm personality, love for community, and an unwavering passion for his craft, Paul Evans Pedersen Jr. embodies the spirit of South Jersey, weaving stories and melodies that resonate with the heart of his beloved Pine Barrens.
Photo: Joe Lamberti Photography
Paul Evans Pedersen, Jr. is the author of two published books. "Required Restroom Readings", a self-published collection of short stories and Haiku, was published in 2009. His most recent book, "The Legendary Pine Barrens-New Tales From Old Haunts", was published in 2013 by Plexus Publishing of Medford, NJ. Pedersen is currently continuing his regional book tour and signings for "The Legendary Pine Barrens", which includes the performance of four original Pine Barrens songs and an hour-long storytelling session.
Paul Evans Pedersen, Jr. isn't just an accomplished journalist, photographer, and musician; he's an extraordinary entertainer. As a multiple Grammy-nominated songwriter and recording artist, his talent shines through.
With over 30 years of professional experience, Paul has brought his captivating performances to a diverse array of events. From private functions to special gatherings, his dynamic personality and engaging stage presence leave a lasting impression. Clients and audiences alike have showered him with rave reviews.
For an unforgettable entertainment experience at your next event, don't hesitate to reach out. Whether it's via email, phone, or text, we're here to discuss and tailor Paul Evans Pedersen, Jr.'s talents to make your occasion truly special.
Join me for episodes of "DOWN THE PINES", the ONLY show that showcases the unique artists, musicians & craftspeople that make the New Jersey Pine Barrens so special.
We'll visit fascinating folks that live, work & thrive here in the still-pristine region of 1.2 million acres of forest that is situated on top of 17 trillion gallons of pure, fresh water; smack dab in the middle of the most densely populated state in the union. We'll share stories & songs about this area, the legends, & the remarkable people.
THE JERSEY DEVIL - INTRODUCTION
Paul Evans Pedersen, Jr., "The Jersey Devil Hunter", takes you back through the Pine Barrens of South Jersey to the infamous "Blue Hole", where legends and stories persist about it being a known haunt of the Jersey Devil, who is said to swim and hunt in and around the Blue Hole. This episode features Paul's song, "The Hole", from his "AGUA NOIR" CD
The Jersey Devil Hunter let's off a little political steam as he searches for the Jersey Devil in Parvin State Park. Though not "technically" Pine Barrens per say, this part of South Jersey is just as densely wild as the Barrens. At the end of the video, something is "knocking" at our intrusion into the area.
In this episode, we introduce our new theme song "The Jersey Devil Hunter" (special thanks to Jimmy Heffernan) as we search through the Winslow Wildlife Management Area in the Pine Barrens of South Jersey. As we scan over a pond, something pokes it's head out of the trees and watches me. Look in my side-view mirror at 22.25!! WHAT is it???
Paul Evans Pedersen, Jr., "The Jersey Devil Hunter", takes you back through the swampy, watery back country of deep, coastal South Jersey to the infamous "Menantico Ponds Wildlife Management Area", where legends and stories persist about it being a known haunt of the Jersey Devil, possibly a family of Big Foot creatures, several reported Rougaru sightings, and whatever else roams the lonely and sinister back woods country of swampy Cumberland County, South Jersey. The entire area was closed off to the public over the summer of 2022 by the State of NJ for reasons yet to be given, after very strange and troubling screams and sightings were reported by multiple visitors.