The musician and writer Doug Levitt recently launched his own YouTube channel to broadcast his own work as a musician, writer, and photographer that has taken him across the country riding the bus with those we rarely see living among us. The center of the U.S. has often been the main area of interest for Levitt as he rides a seemingly never ending bus journey that has so fare reached over 120,000 miles, during which time he has been speaking with those who have little option but to ride the bus to record their stories in his “The Greyhound Diaries” project.
Doug Levitt has made it clear he has been heavily influenced by the WPA recordings that were created in the 1930s by artists who brought their skills to the problems facing the people of the U.S. during “The Great Depression”. Doug Levitt understands that riding the bus is something that is only done by those who have little economic option or live in an economically disadvantaged area without access to air travel. “The Greyhound Diaries” has seen Levitt take on the role of musician, photographer, and writer as he has released music, written a book, and developed a stage show that takes him to some of the most iconic arenas in the country.
Doug Levitt does not believe his only role is that of entertainer, but also feels his work should have an impact on the lives of those in economically disadvantaged areas of the U.S.; among the shows Doug Levitt has completed in his long bus ride across the U.S. are those he regularly performs for homeless shelters in the cities he travels to; in his work as a philanthropist, Doug Levitt has become a major influence on many discussions about homelessness and the widening gap between the poor and the richest in the U.S.Doug Levitt was working for the Presidential election campaign of Democrat John Kerry when he used the bus to drive up support for the Kerry campaign and was given the inspiration to begin “The Greyhound Diaries”.