Play It Again: Tigers Partner With Jack White's Label For Vinyl Record Promotion
Jack White's Third Man Records has partnered with the Tigers "for a limited-edition vinyl record" that will be "available only as part of a ticket package" to the Sept. 24 game against the Twins, according to Brian McCollum of the DETROIT FREE PRESS. The blue-and-orange 7-inch was "manufactured at White's Third Man Pressing operation in Detroit and features a new song, 'Strike Out'" by the quartet of Brendon Benson, Ben Blackwell, Dominic Davis and Olivia Jean. The song was "inspired by the old urban schoolyard game of the same name, which Blackwell says his dad played in southwest Detroit." McCollum notes the record's B-side includes an interview with former Tigers CF Kirk Gibson conducted by White. Cover images for the record were taken by P Daniel Norris, a "hobbyist photographer." A portion of revenues will "go to the Kirk Gibson Foundation and the Detroit Tigers Foundation" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 8/11). ROLLING STONE's Jon Blistein noted White is an "avid baseball fan who threw out the opening pitch at a Tigers game" in '14. White in April released a song, "Battle Cry," for baseball bat maker Warstic, which he co-owns with Tigers 2B Ian Kinsler (ROLLINGSTONE.com, 8/10).