The Greyhound Diaries is a project that talks about the experience of Americans traveling in the Greyhound buses. The project comprises of songs, stories and images that portray the poverty and social struggle of travelers, most of whom are armed service veterans. By the mention of “The Greyhound Diaries”, the name Doug Levitt must come to mind.
Doug Levitt is the brain behind The Greyhound Diaries project. However, this has not always been his kind of work. In his earlier years, Levitt was a member of the Wilson High School gospel choir. Other than being Carl Sagan’s student at Cornell University, he attended the London School of Economics for his masters in International Relations – Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict which he studied under a Fullbright Scholarship.
Before embarking on the Greyhound Diaries project, Levitt was a London-based foreign correspondent dispatching from Iran, Rwanda and Bosnia for ABC, MSNBC, CNN, among other networks. It is after his return to Nashville that he met and worked with producer David Henry together with whom he has managed to put together the Greyhound Diaries.
Doug Levitt describes himself as “political” to his music’s extent since he addresses the people’s feelings and the conflicts of the moment. He considers himself a musician first and views music as an outlet that allows one to transform an otherwise difficult situation into a hopefully beautiful experience.
Doug Levitt’s Greyhound Diaries project spans more than a decade long and more than 120,000 miles of traveling in the Greyhound buses. During this period, he managed to write stories and songs as well as capture images and memories of fellow travelers. The Greyhound Diaries has been put in writing as a novel among other published writings. Moreover, it has resulted in a one-man show, photo exhibits, a web series and two EP recordings.
The Greyhound Diaries project has enjoyed audience on various reputable platforms. It has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and Reuters. In addition to this, Doug Levitt has had an opportunity to present his work at the Woody Guthrie Center, Walter Reed, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Kennedy Center, colleges, and homeless shelters.