Byway Blues

Wednesdays at 8:45 a.m. and Fridays at 3:45 p.m.
  • Hosted by Lesli Rambin

Byway Blues tells the stories of the untapped blues roots in northeast Louisiana. Host Lesli Rambin shares the lives and musical accomplishments of famous local artists and their families.

The series spotlights buildings and venues that served as host to many famous musicians—all in an effort to preserve and potentially restore these historic cultural landmarks.

In addition, the segment features artists currently performing in the region who trace their inspiration from blues artists they’ve admired for years.

Byway Blues is produced with the generous support of Live Oaks Bar and Ballroom, the Entergy Charitable Foundation, and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

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Byway Blues: Blind Joe Reynolds

Sep 24, 2015
courtesy / chronoglide.com

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.

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