Letter from Ureki: Reinventing the Blues on Georgia’s Black Sea

The entrance to an old Soviet-era hotel remains quiet and empty in the once-popular beachside sanatorium town of Ureki, on Georgia’s Black Sea coast. (Photo: Paul Rimple)

I’m playing the harmonica solo to blues-great Jimmy Roger’s “Walking By Myself” on a makeshift little platform at a hotel in the grimy Georgian beach town of Ureki.

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Paul Rimple is a freelance reporter based in Tbilisi.

Letter from Ureki: Reinventing the Blues on Georgia’s Black Sea

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