Doug Levitt: Master Mind behind The Greyhound Diaries

The youngest child of David and Carol Schwartz, Doug Levitt graduated from Woodrow Wilson high school in Washington D.C. Unfortunately, when Levitt was 16, his father committed suicide which was an instrumentalist in his dream of becoming an artist. Later, he attended Cornell University and eventually received a Fulbright Scholarship to earn his masters in International Relations at The London School of Economics.

While Levitt was studying in London, he was a foreign correspondent where he dispatched flu-flung locales to several countries for ABC and NBC. He was also a host of The Common, a live music show. Later he switched his fields and became singer-songwriter. Afterwards, Levitt moved to Nashville and worked with well-known producer of Americana, David Henry. Together, they began collaborating on projects and birth of The Greyhound Diaries came to be.

About 10 years or 100,000 miles ago, Doug Levitt started riding Greyhound buses around America with the purpose of gathering stories, songs, pictures and memories of those who travel by bus in the nation. In songs from the Greyhound Diaries, Levitt blends Americana with soul and gospel instilled at a young age in school choirs. The soundtrack features a moving personal journey through America. As we was inspired by WPA-era programs that drew a portrait of America at an historic time, Doug Levitt’s work has been displayed in several outlets including CNN and MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal, Billboard, Fox News and Reuters. He has also performed for veterans at Walter Reed Army hospital and homeless shelters.

Based on the recognition that the Greyhound Diaries have received, it is evident that it is a great piece of work. When Levitt visited the Today’s Show, he mentions that the his ongoing Greyhound Diaries project is also the basis of his EP recordings as well as his web series. Overall, the Greyhound Diaries uses music as a way to share the journey of other struggling travelers.