[Cover photo credit to Patrick Fraser]
Singer-songwriter Doug Levitt has shared his new single “Highway Signs,” the next offering from his upcoming debut album Edge of Everywhere, out March 3rd, 2023. The new track serves as the “emotional centerpiece” of Edge of Everywhere, which documents Levitt’s Greyhound bus travels for more than a decade with over 120,000 miles logged. He highlights the inspiring stories of folks he met along the way.
‘Highway Signs’ is the central thematic bridge of the album, it’s about my own moving through these various landscapes over time and long distances. It’s also a song about self-reconciliation because 100,000 miles all merge into ourselves in this life on the run. We can’t outrun ourselves. And that’s also what’s at the heart of this record which is that these songs are meant to, if anything, be allegorical road signs marking the map of our emotions and our collective psyche because ultimately it is the connection that is happening in passing between people who you are very unlikely to see again. But there is a commonality of the human condition that reveals itself above the armrests and over the rumble of the wheels, between meal stops and truck stops, smoke breaks and transfers at three in the morning half-asleep. These are often slow reveals to a story.
Produced by multiple Grammy Award-winner Trina Shoemaker (Brandi Carlile, Josh Ritter, Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris), Edge of Everywhere is about “empathy and connection, colored by touching vignettes of the human condition”.
Following the success of a BBC World Service documentary in 2018 following Levitt’s travels, two more documentaries about his Greyhound journeys are planned to broadcast later this year on BBC Radio 4 and BBC 4 TV, featuring songs from Edge of Everywhere.