This is fantastic, because Garth Brooks is one of the few artists who probably warrants having his own radio station. He has released some of the most iconic albums in music, from “Garth Brooks” to “No Fences,” “Ropin’ the Wind,” and “Double Live,” which all sold at least 10 million and as many as 21 million copies. That alone warrants him deserving his own radio station, but throw in a pair of Grammys, more than a dozen American Music Awards, and other recognition for being commercially successful, and you’ve got one of the best radio stations in music.
Garth Brooks took a years-long hiatus from music in order to raise his children, but that nearly two decade-long absence from music did nothing to dampen and everything to enliven the brand he has created. He has starter touring, has been working on a new album, and is doing high-publicity shows at Yankee Stadium and Central Park in New York City. Garth Brooks is bigger than the average country star is today, and that’s nearly 30 years after he released his first album. If you can’t tell by now, I’m a huge fan of Garth Brooks, but there’s a good chance you are too.
Even if you’re not, it’s hard not to acknowledge that Garth Brooks is at such a great point in his career that going online and live with a radio show and more streaming options is a logical step for him.
Signer-songwriter Doug Levitt was profiled in an interview for DCist about his critically acclaimed artistic documentary,The Greyhound Diaries. After trading in his former life and career as a CNN correspondent, Levitt has been opening up the eyes of the American public ever since. In his out-of-the-box project, Levitt exposes the general public to the daily lives of average Americans that he encountered by taking a very extended journey on Greyhound buses. In fact, Levitt traveled more than 70,000 miles on different Greyhound buses for this project to capture the diverse range of people and stories from all over the country and see what the common threads were between them. Levitt was inspired to bring attention to how difficult living in poverty can be in this country and how different people cope with that situation.
Doug Levitt definitely has a unique story of how he came to be such a widely recognized singer-songwriter, performer and documentary maker of some of the most pressing issues in society. Levitt grew up in Washington, D.C. and is the youngest son of Carol Schwartz, a former D.C. Councilmember and former candidate for mayor of D.C. Levitt left D.C. for college and eventually moved to London, where he worked as a correspondent. He eventually made his path back to the U.S. to embark on this revolutionary project and has been changing the hearts and minds of countless people since then. The stories told by Levitt may not make it to the nightly news headlines or be the type of tales that are trending on the Internet, but they do have an impact on the audiences that hear them. Levitt says that in these difficult economic and politic times that we are living in, it is important to recognize that there is a world that exists beyond our own personal lives and that we cannot begin to comprehend it until we actually approach it.
Levitt has performed his work from The Greyhound Diaries at The Kennedy Center in D.C. and continues to inspire artists and other through his unique perspective and compassion for others.