Doug Levitt is a well known artist among members of the folk rock community and is developing a growing audience for his socially aware catalog of songs, written word, and photographic images. In his work producing “The Greyhound Diaries“, Doug Levitt believes he found his true calling as he embarked on his initial six week bus journey to some of the least well known areas of the U.S. just as the first effects of the 2008 economic slowdown were beginning to send shock waves across the nation.
After seeing the economic and social issues that cause problems for people in some of the poorest areas of the country Doug Levitt has stated it is his responsibility to continue to document the stories of those who are often ignored by major news media in the 21st century. In his work Doug looks back to his inspiration of the government funded artistic visions completed by important folk musicians, authors, and photographers during the 1930s when social inequality was seen to be at its peak.
Doug Levitt himself was once a member of the news media who continue to fail to report on the social problems in the U.S. as he was a London based foreign correspondent for many major news organizations. Despite the career path Doug has followed he believes he has developed a successful career as an artist that began when he was living in and reporting from London; Doug has strong links to community and social work through his family who have taken on key roles in local government across Washington D.C. for many decades.
Inspiration to return to his artistic vision almost a decade ago came for Doug Levitt after the death of his father prompted a reassessment of his life and career. A move to Nashville and a return to his love of music provided the inspiration for “The Greyhound Diaries”. Over the course of the more than 120,000 miles Doug Levitt has completed using buses he has performed his work at institutions such as The Kennedy Center for the Arts and for audiences viewing many major news channels.