In Part One of the Byway Blues Special, Kirby and Lesli Rambin feature the early days of Blind Joe Reynolds.
Reynolds, born in Tallulah, Louisiana, also spent time growing up in Richwood. He went on to record music in New York and Memphis.
Kirby interviews Linda Bowman, Reynolds' niece. She shares the story about her uncle losing his eyes as the result of a shotgun blast of bird shot, following an argument. Bowman adds that despite the incident, Reynolds never slowed in his passion for blues music.