Blind Joe Reynolds was one of the names used by a street singer by the name of Joe Sheppard. Although he used a string of names, this was the one he used when recording the few tracks that he made during his career. Reynolds great animosity towards law enforcement agencies and officialdom generally also extended to include journalists and music researchers, and very few personal details are known about him. He was probably born in Louisiana around the end of the 19th century, and he was blinded in the mid 1920's during the course of a fight with another man who shot Reynolds in the face with a shotgun. He was always in trouble, mainly through fighting caused by his hard drinking, and womanising. That he used a long list of aliases is probably more to do with his desire to keep ahead of the law, than for any commercial music reasons. However he established something of a reputation as a  street singer and in 1929 he recorded four tracks for Paramount which included "Outside Woman Blues", (recorded by Cream in 1967). His musical style was characterized by high-pitched vocals supported by rhythmic slide guitar and his lyrics tended to focus on unfaithful women, ("Cold Woman Blues", "Married Man Blues", "Short Dress Blues" etc.) In 1930 he was in the studio again, this time for Victor, and recorded four tracks although only two were released. He didn't record again and he disappeared back to the streets of Louisiana and Tennessee, and occasionally Mississippi, where he continued to perform for the next thirty years. He was very frail in his latter years and was unable to take advantage of the renewed interest in rural blues that emerged in the early 1960's. He died in 1968, possibly in Memphis.

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