The Greyhound Diaries is the story of the highways of America as experienced by Doug Levitt as he travels by Greyhound Bus. The Diaries cover more than 100,000 Greyhound Bus miles while Doug Levitt chronicles the tales of his travels, songs of his journey and capturing the images of America. The trip gives Levitt the opportunity to see America up close and personal and meet the citizens who venture forth to ride the bus.
When Levitt returned to the states from overseas, he saw an America that had changed. He saw poverty and citizens struggling to make a go at life. The stories demonstrate there is more commonality throughout the diverse land than most are aware of. The stories and songs have a way of connecting people on all levels and in a sense create a portrait of all people.
The Greyhound Diaries has spawned several records, published writing’s, web series, a one man show and photo exhibits. He has taken more than 20,000 images and has performed the Diaries at venues such as the University of California, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Woody Guthrie Center, Walter Reed Army Hospital, the Kennedy Center and numerous homeless shelters across America.
Doug Levitt is an American songwriter and singer. He started out as a foreign correspondent and switched gears while working in London. Mr. Levitt is a product of the public school system in Washington, D.C. and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. He attended Cornel University where one of his professors was the late renowned astrophysicist Carl Sagan. Levitt went on to receive a Fulbright Scholarship and earned a Masters in International Relations at the London School of Economics.
Levitt found music has the ability to speak to everyday issues and topics that may otherwise be difficult and turn it into something that is beautiful and understandable. The people he encountered and the stories he heard has helped him come to terms with his father’s suicide when Doug was 16 years old. He sees the Diaries as a process to identify and demonstrate that there is a world outside of the political spectrum he experienced while living in D.C. and showing people there is more commonality that anyone thinks.