Few modern artists have shown such a dedication to the work they are creating as that shown by Doug Levitt to “The Greyhound Diaries”, a project that has been ongoing for more than a decade and has seen the former journalist and broadcaster travel by bus to various parts of the U.S. In recent years, the work conducted for “The Greyhound Diaries” has seen Doug Levitt asked to appear at various iconic locations across the country, including the Woody Guthrie Center and the Kennedy Center for the Arts; the influence of Woody Guthrie and his fellow 1930s artists has been easy to see in the work of Doug Levitt who sees the influence of the federally funded WPA broadcasts of “The Great Depression” as inspiration for his continued dedication to the project.
Doug Levitt is a thoroughly modern performer who has looked to many different avenues of media to get across the social points he is looking to make with this work that has a definite folk influence; Levitt has recently created a YouTube channel that is used to display the images and music created for the project. “The Greyhound Diaries” has seen Doug Levitt bring to light many of the stories of real life hardship caused by the 2008 economic slowdown, the effects of which Doug Levitt states are still being felt throughout many financially disaffected areas of the U.S.
Outside of the artistic work being created by Doug Levitt, the singer and performer has become a major campaigner for the rights of the disaffected across the U.S., including many homeless groups Levitt performs for when he travels to different areas of the nation. Before becoming involved in “The Greyhound Diaries”, Doug Levitt had been largely unaware of the problems facing members of society who were failing to be supported by many government agencies; born in Washington D.C. economic life was always something ignored by the residents of the U.S. capital who have rarely felt the effects of recession and economic troubles.
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