Ten Years on a Greyhound Bus

As a young boy growing up in D.C., Doug Levitt attended public schools where diversity was a normal, everyday part of life. He was active in sports and went to church with his family on Sundays where he sang in the gospel choir. His mother was a D.C. council member who passed on her civic mindedness to her son. This upbringing is emulated in his future endeavors.

Looking to find closure after his father’s suicide, Doug left behind a career as a London Based foreign correspondent covering conflicts in the Middle East, the Balkans, and Africa to return to America and start a new path. He bought a 6-week pass on a Greyhound bus. Reflective of the Works in Progress Administration of the 1930’s, Doug began to write songs and tell the stories of the people he met along the way. Ten years and 100,000 miles later a compilation of these songs and stories, “The Greyhound Diaries” was born.

Greyhound passengers are generally impoverished and have no other means of transportation. Their cars are unreliable and they can’t afford to buy airline tickets. Since Greyhound reaches 2200 destinations in the U.S., it has a broader net than any airline and reaches the smaller towns across the country. Drawing from his skill set, Doug Levitt was able to reach out to this poorly represented segment of the population and get a glimpse of life in America through their eyes. With his songs and stories, he brings attention to a part of our American fabric that may otherwise be left behind.

Doug’s folk song and storytelling style is a nod to the late Woody Guthrie. He does a magnificent job of painting a picture that showcases another side of America. Take the time to go to http://dcist.com/2012/02/doug_levitt.php and experience this great work yourself, you won’t be disappointed.

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