Reynolds is thought to have been born in Tallulah, Louisiana in 1904, although his death certificate states his birthplace as Arkansas in 1900. He was blinded by a shotgun blast to the face in Louisiana in the mid-late 1920s.
It is uncertain what Reynolds' birth name was. Whilst it is thought to have been Joe Sheppard, a relative claimed it was Joe Leonard. Throughout his career, Reynolds travelled the country performing under various aliases as a way of evading the police and supposed "enemies".
Note that Blind Joe recorded 2 further sides for Victor (on 26 November 1930), but these were (sadly) never released, these are:
Short Dress (master 64722-2)
Goose Hill Woman Blues (master 64723-2)