Doug Levitt is not the typical artist. Concerned with the path that America has taken, Doug has been traveling by bus for more than seven years and 70,000 miles to talk to the average American. Doug collected stories from fellow bus passengers. Stories of struggle and hope that currently make up the American public.
Mr. Levitt equates his project, aptly named The Greyhound Diaries, to the US government’s Works Progress Administration (WPA) efforts of the 1930s. The WPA would send officials out to talk to the American population and get a sense of where American citizens stood after national crisis.
This is what Doug Levitt does, he talks to the American public, takes their picture, and writes songs based on his experiences while criss- crossing the country in a bus. Doug has compiled every experience into the Greyhound Diaries in hopes of bringing awareness to others of the plight most Americans face following the downswing in the nation’s economy.
In a way this is not much different than Mr. Levitt’s previous position as an American foreign correspondent based in London. Doug has worked for many different networks, including: ABC, NBC, and CNN. Politics was in Mr. Levitt’s blood from an early age as Doug grew up in the nation’s political backyard, Washington, D. C. with his mother former D.C. Councilmember Carol Schwartz.
While fulfilling his duties as a foreign correspondent, Doug saw the poverty levels rise back in the United States and wanted to make a change and bring awareness of the struggles of many Americans. So Doug quit his job and literally hit the open road. After seven plus years of writing and recording, Doug is out to make a difference through his art.
Greyhound Diaries are available as an Ep and a book and is worth a listen and a read. Doug’s adventures can be followed online and he does perform across the country, reliving his experiences for others with a message of hope.