As a former journalist and broadcaster, Doug Levitt is well aware of the way numbers and statistics can be used to reflect whatever side of a story works best for politicians and media professionals. However, the former CNN foreign correspondent has recently been looking to looks at the stories behind the poverty numbers that are well known in the U.S.; as one in 15 Americans live in poverty across the country Levitt has created his ‘The Greyhound Diaries’ artistic project in a bid to make sure the voice of the American people is heard in a number of different ways.
After setting out on a six week journey by bus during which he hoped to go behind the numbers often cited about poverty and get the the root of the stories of people of all classes and backgrounds who choose to travel by bus. ‘The Greyhound Diaries’ project has spawned two EP’s of songs, a book, and numerous live performances for Doug Levitt, but he feels his most important contribution is simply looking at the real life many news organizations based in major U.S. cities choose to ignore.
Discussing ‘The Greyhound Diaries’ the artists explains he soon discovered the wide range of backgrounds and social groups he could interact with on journey’s to different states that can take as a long as a trans Atlantic flight. Levitt believes his work shows the fact that the economically disadvantaged have no option but to travel by bus and share their experiences with others on long journeys regardless of age, race, or creed.
After studying at Cornell University and the London School of Economics Doug Levitt remained based in the U.K. as a foreign corespondent, but had earlier been inspired by the death of his father to follow his artistic interests. It was during his time in London that Doug Levitt began exploring music as a career before returning to the U.S. to embark on ‘The Greyhound Diaries’ from a new base in Nashville, Tennessee; Levitt’s work has attracted the attention of major music industry figures who have assisted in producing his musical output.