The plight of the people living under the harshest conditions within the U.S. has always been a rich vein for artists to mine since he took his first bus journey in 2004 as part of the U.S. Presidential campaigning conducted by Levitt for Democrat John Kerry. It was during this first journey by Greyhound Bus across areas of California that Doug Levitt decided to explore the lives of people living in the central regions of the U.S. to find out more about their lives in the style of the federally funded explorations taken by artists during “The Great Depression” and more information click here.
Having now traveled for over a decade, Doug Levitt has discovered much about the people he believes are forced to ride the bus across state lines for economic reasons, including the fact many released prisoners are given a bus ticket back to the scene of their arrest when their jail sentences are completed. The multimedia approach taken by Doug Levitt to “The Greyhound Diaries” has seen two EP’s released, alongside a book, and a newly launched Web Series that continues the folk and country inspired themes of the music produced by Doug Levitt.
Among the achievements Doug Levitt can quite rightly be proud of during his time creating “The Greyhound Diaries” is the fact he has followed in the footsteps of some of his musical and artistic heroes, including Woody Guthrie with an appearance at the Woody Guthrie Center to perform his own work. Doug Levitt has been a major force behind the growing interest in social aspects of songwriting and artistry that has been growing in the 21st century, particularly as Levitt has sought to bring the true stories of bus passengers he meets on journeys undertaken with little more than a guitar and a laptop.
The name and face of Doug Levitt should be well known to those who have an interest in the news and global politics as the artist was once a well known foreign correspondent for media groups including ABC and NBC. It was while stationed in London as a broadcaster that Doug Levitt rediscovered his love of music and set out to change his career trajectory early in the 21st century and follow his Twitter.