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Doug Levitt


Seven years and 70,000 miles back, journeyman singer-songwriter Doug Levitt set out on his first six-week journey by Greyhound.  Along the way, he began writing songs and stories about fellow travelers, many struggling to get by. 

In songs from The Greyhound Diaries, Mr. Levitt blends Americana with the soul and gospel instilled at a young age in D.C. public school choirs.  The result is a soundtrack of a moving, personal journey through America.   

Inspired by WPA-era programs that drew a portrait of America at an historic time, Mr. Levitt’s ongoing work has been featured by numerous outlets, including CNN, MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal, Billboard, Fox News, and Reuters.  Mr. Levitt has also performed for veterans at Walter Reed Army Hospital and homeless shelters throughout the country.  His long journey forms the basis of a memoir and feature biopic, currently in the works.

Before The Greyhound Diaries, Mr. Levitt was a journalist overseas.  Based in London, he dispatched from far-flung locales, including Iran, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Cuba for ABC and NBC, among others.  He is also the host of The Common, a live music show for public radio syndication, entering production.

Recorded during pit stops in Nashville over the years of this project, The Greyhound Diaries EP is produced by David Henry (Josh Rouse, Guster) and features:  on drums, Steve Bowman (The Counting Crows); on bass, Dave Jacques (John Prine), Tim Marks (Taylor Swift), and Milo Decruz (Ryan Adams); additional drums, Craig Wright (Steve Earle); Olivia Mack (BeBe & CeCe Winans) sings background vocals; Levitt on guitar, piano, vocal, and background vocal.

Watch Past Performances

Video 2/29/2012: Doug Levitt

The singer/songwriter presents songs, stories, and images from his project Greyhound Diaries, which chronicles his seven-year Greyhound Bus tour across the United States.

Doug Levitt