Rich Whiteley’s self-penned compositions range from dance-inducing, sing-along ditties, such as “Raise the Roof,” to intimate, pain-soaked ballads, such as “Nocturnal.” In “Nocturnal,” Whiteley imbues lines such as “I’m listening to you breathing / Wondering what it is your dreaming / Maybe best I don’t know,” with a haunting chill. On other tracks, such as “Broken Bird,” and the title cut, Whiteley switches gears and addresses life’s pathos with a witty, John Prine-esque sense of humor that, at times, can be both hilarious and telling.
Whiteley and veteran producer/multi-instrumentalist Steve Connelly do an excellent job of steering the album clear of roots-rock redundancy. The guitar-bass-drum foundation is fleshed out with a stirring fusion of pedal steel, smatterings of electric guitar, slide-wah, mandolin, dobro and fiddle. A cross between Americana (Prine, Lyle Lovett) and jam band (Widespread Panic, Grateful Dead), A Dog or a Bicycle is a moving, amusing collection of songs concerning a young man finding himself in the world. In all, the album is a promising debut from one of Tampa Bay’s own.
At the half, a 14-point lead meant USF was on track to win its first conference game in over a calendar year. That energy was kept up even with under five minutes to go when the Bulls were up 33-20. Then USF watched as its lead went from comfortable, to slim, to nonexistent in the […]
Under normal circumstances, Grant Nolder, president of the USF flag football team would be preparing for the club’s biggest competition of the year, the Swamp Bowl. The annual tournament, hosted at UF, typically takes place during the fall semester and features some of the best club flag football teams in the country. Winners of the […]
Coach Brian Gregory said Tuesday the Bulls didn’t play complete, 40-minute games in their two losses last week. It’s debatable if they did Wednesday night against East Carolina (11-18, 5-11) at the Yuengling Center, but it was more than enough to put up a 73-68 overtime win. “It’s funny. There were stretches where we played […]
Student Government (SG) launched the first-of-its-kind, merit-based scholarship to students Nov. 5 on USF’s Tampa campus. As a part of Student Body President Britney Deas and Student Body Vice President Travis McCloskey’s platform, Bull S.H.I.F.T., — Success, Health, Innovation, Finance and Tradition — the SG’s Student Leadership Scholarship consists of two merit-based scholarships which will […]
A plan drafted on a bar napkin two years ago has now become the USF Jabil Innovation Institute, a multi-million dollar institute combining the College of Engineering and the Muma College of Business. Senior Vice President of Advancement and CEO of the USF Foundation Joel Momberg and Jabil CEO Mark Mondello jotted the idea down […]