When Doug Levitt made his way to Tulsa, Oklahoma to perform his own “The Greyhound Diaries” show at The Woody Guthrie Center it was as if history was repeating itself with Levitt being the latest in a long line of socially aware American artists. The parallel’s between the work of Guthrie and Levitt are easy to spot as both have learned their craft as artists during difficult times in the U.S., for Guthrie it was the Dust Bowl era of “The Great Depression” and Levitt the 2008 economic slowdown.
“The Greyhound Diaries” have been created by Doug Levitt as a form of expression for the people of the poorest areas of the U.S. who often feel they are not represented by the media and are forgotten by politicians; traveling by bus for over a decade and clocking up more than 120,000 miles the career of Doug Levitt is tied into the lives of the people he meets on his travels that have inspired the many songs, writings, and photographic images he has published and performed across the U.S. Doug Levitt has always been quick to declare the debt his work pays to 1930s era artists such as Woody Guthrie who was well known for traveling with migrant workers to learn more about their lives during the worst years of “The Great Depression” and learn more about Doug.
Doug Levitt has been working as an artist since the early part of the 21st century when he decided to leave behind a successful career as a foreign correspondent with a number of major news organizations to pursue his artistic dreams. The work completed by Doug Levitt has since appeared as a number of songs, two books, and a stage show all taken from his “The Greyhound Diaries” experiences.
The need to bring to light the plight of others and the need to assist society to become a fairer and more secure place has been a constant theme in the life of Doug Levitt, whose mother has served in local government positions in Washington D.C. and been a mayoral candidate and read full article.