Do it with Style
Do it with Style


Style wondered if any of his late heroes left any cool songs unrecorded... They did.
From the author of "Ain't Got No Cigarettes - Memories of Music Legend Roger Miller" comes the first of its kind CD project inspired from experiences writing the book... "Cutting Room Floor"

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SPRING 2011

Be sure to follow Style on Twitter @mrestyle - get offended in real time!

It’s with great shame that Style announces his graduation from the University of Manitoba. “I started there in 1989, left a few years later because of a girl that did me ____ down and dirty, then decided to pursue show biz. Then being so underwhelmed by my success of realized dreams in the entertainment industry for the past two decades, I decided to go back a few years ago. I had to re-do at least a year’s worth of credits, a waste of time and money… and now am graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree. My university education is the only thing I have that I have no idea what to do with... [long uncomfortable pause] Let my long painful journey serve as a lesson to youth all over the world to finish your education before pursuing a career in the entertainment industry.” Style is available for consultations and meeting with your youth to convince them to stay in school. Email him at mrestyle@shaw.ca to save your children years of pain, heartache and expense.

On the topic of university: Style has been overheard saying to anyone who will listen “Before I had finished my degree, I would get criticized for my opinions of university because people would say I was bitter that I didn’t finish my degree. Now that I finished my degree after 22 years, I feel like I can give my educated opinion: University is a smug institution that has built an empire labeling things that don’t need to be labeled. I’ve learned more from any one chapter of a Dr. Wayne Dyer or Eckhart Tolle book than I have in my entire ‘higher education’. The most profound thing I learned from Eckhart is ‘don’t label’ which is completely opposite than what you are taught at university. If you want to do well in university, it’s simple (if you can live with yourself that is): just repeat the professor’s opinions back to them. God forbid that you have an opinion that differs from these self labeled experts. And original thoughts should be kept to yourself. And never exceed expectations, I lost 4% of my final grade for including a title page on my last paper because it wasn’t ‘required’, it cost me a letter grade and lowered my GPA! I considered it ‘exceeding expectations’ but I got slapped in the face for it mark-wise. That said, everyone should get a degree as a back-up plan, especially in Canada where...” [for legal purposes, we had to cut the quote short].

Our ranting Mr. E Style is turning 40 on May 18th. Style said “my life is nearly over and I still have no idea what to do with it”. None of the staff at Electric Recordings are telling him to “have a Happy Birthday” because we all know that he hates being told what to do and that he uses his birthday to exercise the art of shame (he went all into that last year if you’re interested in reading the archived news). Surprisingly, Style did say he was looking forward to his birthday this year as it’ll be the oldest he’s ever been.

It’s official: Style’s book “Ain’t Got No Cigarettes – Memories of Music Legend Roger Miller” is now “Out Of Print”. New and used books have been seen for sale on Amazon and other sites for hundreds of dollars!!! There are very limited quantities available directly through this site. Consider it an investment!
It comes as little shock to all who know him that Style was voted as one of the worst people of 2010 on multiple online and radio surveys. Top reasons include:

- Reason #1: Style figured out the worst way to give someone bad news: in December, he called his sister and said “guess who died”. She said “who?” He said “Guess”. She started to cry and said “Mom?” After a long pause, he said “No”. She cried, “Dad??” After a long pause, he said “No”. Eventually she found out it was Tom Bosley, the actor from “Happy Days”.

- Reason #2: Style is the worst gift receiver in history. Upon receiving a Christmas gift of a pair of goats to a family in Africa (or someplace like that), Style asked if there was a gift receipt. The next day he was caught just before he tried re-gifting the goats to an acquaintance. Then after posting them on Kijiji and getting several insulting phone calls and emails, and a very lengthy speech from his wife, he realized what a gift the goats actually were. He later said he’s going to take a photo of each plant in his yard and name it after a relative and “gift it to them” as a “I planted a tree in your name” gift.

- Reason #3 (TIE): Last summer he took his wife and son to the Mall of America, upon just walking into the mall, he asked the information desk where the nearest Starbucks was, she said “just down on the corner there sir, and can I interest you in a coupon book for the mall for $9.95? They don’t have Starbucks in the book, but they have Caribou Coffee in there and many stores take competitors coupons.” Style agreed and bought one, he went to Starbucks immediately and asked “by chance do you guys take Caribou Coffee coupons”, the cashier loudly answered for the whole store to hear “THIS IS STARBUCKS SIR! WE DON’T TAKE CARIBOU COFFEE COUPONS.” With great embarrassment, Style grabbed his coffee, told his wife “we’re leaving” and they left the mall not even looking around, he went back to the hotel as his family stayed in the car, checked out three days early and drove back to Winnipeg not speaking a word. “To hell with me for asking” later commented Style on the horrible experience, “I’ve never been so embarrassed and it wasn’t even my idea to ask, the information lady told me to. That Starbucks café mocha cost me over $400 and almost my marriage.” People are calling this the worst Starbucks experience in history.

- Reason #3 (TIE): Style learned the tough way to never speak directly to a deaf person’s interpreter. While taking a university course last summer, he recognized and said something to the interpreter and was then yelled at by both the interpreter and the deaf person at the same time in front of a classroom full of people. Style has since defended his new fear of deaf people saying that it is indeed “rational”.



Style openly admits if he were a better person, he’d have more friends and be quite successful. His goals for 2011 are to be a somewhat better person and hopefully not receive any animals for people in other countries. He also added, “I’d recommend if you want to buy someone an animal or a child or whatever in a foreign country, just buy it yourself, or give it to them directly and don’t even tell that person you thought of gifting it to that you did it. Don’t worry about any gifts for me, I’d honestly rather have nothing, and I’d treasure it much more than a chicken or a goat for someone that most likely doesn’t even exist.”


Style had the most poetic end to 2010 as humanly possible. On December 31st, he watched a lousy movie with his wife and son and toward the end of the movie, he sat his son on his shoulders. Just then, his son threw up on Lyle’s head splashing down his face, into his mouth, down his shirt and all over his clothes. He says, “2010 was one of the worst years possible thanks to a lot of evil people, dirty outfits/crooked businesses and bad circumstances. My boy puking on my head on New Year’s Eve summed up 2010 perfectly.”

Earlier this year, Style was food poisoned by a waitress at a smug Winnipeg French Restaurant in St. Boniface when he asked her for a side crepe with his meal instead of a fruit bowl. He offered to pay extra but she refused and said it was totally impossible. He then said “I bet if I would have asked you in French, you could have done it.” The comment didn’t go over well and after eating his off-tasting meal, he was ill for over 48 hours all the while refusing to go to the emergency room stating “I’d rather die than sit in an Emergency Room for 36 hours waiting to see a doctor”. For some reason Style doesn’t think Canadian health care (or bilingualism) is all it’s cracked up to be.


Style expressed his anger towards the makers of fortune cookies earlier this month when he informed us that he’s “played the same lottery numbers every draw since 1986, then recently I opened a fortune cookie that gave me my lucky numbers and they were the exact same numbers I’ve played for 25 years! Now I have no chance in hell of winning.”


Style recently did another show for the Kidney Foundation fundraiser which raised nearly $5000. He formally stated: “All of my gigs lately have been for charity. I can’t figure out if I’m doing the shows for charity or if it’s the other way around.”


Style sold his sister-in-law’s wedding ring for her while consuming countless hours of his time. “I never realized how difficult it is to sell a used wedding ring. It was as though I was selling a car that multiple people killed themselves in.” When asked why he wouldn’t even accept payment to cover his multiple expenses, never mind a commission, he said “If I would have accepted reimbursement for my expenses, that’s an insult to my subconscious, letting it know that its efforts are worth absolutely nothing. If I would have accepted a commission, the sale of the ring wouldn’t have added up enough to pay for my time so I took nothing instead. Sometimes I need to teach myself lessons and this acted as an important lesson to never do it again and I consider it a selfless act of charity. I know church and charity doesn’t want you to know this, but I heard that charity starts in the home, or in the family, or someplace like that. That said, I’m all for supporting legitimate charities so don’t bust my chops over this please.” [Note: the staff acknowledge the resemblance of his rationale to the rantings of Charlie Sheen.]


Speaking of weddings, Style took zero interest in the Royal Wedding stating “they showed no interest in my wedding so I’m doing the same for them. Don’t get me wrong, I hope them and everyone live long happy healthy lives.”


Style’s latest “invention” triples the enjoyment of a quality cigar. Apparently it’s the best way to smoke a great cigar (Kitsalano also claims it’s the healthiest way). The usage fee is 25 cents per time you utilize this method (payable via PayPal id mrestyle@shaw.ca). Instructions: carefully cut the cigar into three equal pieces (doesn’t all have to be done at the same time, so you can keep this cigar in your humidor), then stick the third of the cigar into a pipe (shown below) and enjoy. Not only will you look beyond cool, you will save money and impress everyone who sees you. Please check the gauge of the cigar so it will fit tightly in the pipe hole and don’t shove it in too deep. Style claims he owns the rights to this way of smoking a cigar and Style’s manager, Johnny Kitsalano claims that he will personally sue anyone that smokes their cigar this way that doesn’t pay the usage fee (Kits also stresses that the usage fee is per unit, so one cigar cut into three equals 75 American cents). For the record, Style is not a smoker nor encourages smoking. Enjoy your new cigar experience!

Check out the quote section of the website for the latest, greatest and saddest quotes by Mr. E Style.


To end on a happy note: Style and all the staff hope you enjoy happiness, health, prosperity and contentment with your lives every day in every way.


WINTER 2010

Style has been keeping a low profile recently as he claims that every time he leaves the house or attempts to accomplish what he sets out to accomplish, society slaps him in the face. He shares an example, “It seems every time I leave the house, I have people telling me what to do. Even when I go to pay for something I have people telling me to ‘have a good day’ or ‘take care’. I don’t need people I don’t even know telling me what to do. Personally, I never tell people to have a ‘happy birthday’ or whatever; instead, I say respectfully ‘I hope you have a happy birthday’ or ‘I hope you… whatever’. The last thing people need to hear on their birthday, or ever, is people telling them what to do.”


Another example of Style’s falling out with society is the latest rumor how he was denied entry at a recent Merle Haggard concert when he was caught with an envelope that had copies of a set list he was planning on sneaking on stage before the show. Some say it was a genius idea (“some” may or may not be Style himself). The confiscated set list was as follows:
The Way I Am
California Cottonfields
When Times Were Good
I Haven’t Found Her Yet
Sing Me Back Home
Carolyn
Cherokee Maiden
A Place To Fall Apart
Trouble In Mind
Footlights
I Don’t Have Any Love Around
Motorcycle Cowboy
Rainbow Stew
I Must Have Done Something Bad
What Have You Got Planned Tonight Dianna
That’s The Way Love Goes
Silver Eagle
Natural High
Union Station
I Won’t Give Up My Train
Without You By My Side
Stay A Little Longer
TB Blues
Bring It On Down To My House Honey
My Favorite Memory


Style did state this “I am not saying this rumor is true but if you guys get a hold of that set list and print it publically, I encourage anyone who sees it and gets to see Hag to copy the list and try to do what I allegedly did. It would be the best concert ever performed. Be sure to tape the show and send me a copy, I’d be eternally grateful!”


Style was recently uninvited to a wedding after attending a “Jack and Jill Wedding Shower”. It’s said that he took the microphone and gave an unrequested speech about how men have “no business coming to these kinds of things” but thanked them for the invite stating that this will be the last wedding shower he ever attends because he wouldn’t want to wreck the memory of this one by attending another one and somehow mixing up memories (or something). The microphone was promptly taken away before he could get any further into it and he was then escorted outside the building where he waited for his upset wife. A public apology is being issued here: “sorry” says Style.


Yet again, an honour has been bestowed upon Mr. E Style: he is a Godfather for the fourth time. This round is for his sister Gaybee who had given birth to a baby boy by the name of “PJ”. Style claims to have named the child as he referred to the unborn child as “Pickles Junior” and then when he came out, he happened to be called “PJ”, yet the letters are said to not stand for anything. Nobody is buying it. “Pickles Junior” for the record, is a fantastic name and now that Style has released it publically, he is anticipating it to become more popular than any given name since “Johnny”.


Style apparently dressed as Johnny Kitsalano this past Halloween and made a complete fool of himself. He admits “I got real drunk, just like the real Kitsalano and I did my best to insult everyone I came in contact with, again, just like Kits. The problem was, nobody got the reference as to what I was doing and I just came off like a jerk and I spent the following two weeks making apologies and writing ‘I’m sorry’ emails.” Style adds, “Tell Dr. Rage and the Uppercuts that I don’t think they’ll all burn in hell.”


Where’s the gigs Style??? Well, this is as weird as it gets. As most of you know, Style has had multiple falling outs with his manager Johnny Kitsalano and has incurred such debt to him (and because of him) that Style has not accepted any paid performances in some time. Instead, Style has been randomly showing up at venues and performing (one recent performance featured an entire set on mandolin which no one even knew he played that instrument). Style adds, “…my fans haven’t been coming out to my concerts that much over the last few years so I figure maybe I’d catch a few of them at these impromptu performances to throw them off guard, you know, as if to say ‘if you ain’t gonna come see me, I’ll come see you.’ That, plus that Kitsalano changed my lifetime contract with him in such a way that I don’t see a penny from any live shows anyway, and I’ve got a family to support!”


Style has been spending all free time (which for the record, most of his time is free as he hasn’t been getting paid for it) on a new cartoon series called “The Chinsticks”. Sorry, that’s “My Kin Chinsticks”. “It’s unlike anything anyone has ever seen but many have experienced”, he tells us. Watch for more to come on the Chinsticks in the new year.


Style wouldn’t comment how disappointed he was in this year’s CCMAs and CMAs. In fact, he told us it was not our concern as to what his opinions are. Then he suggested we post some pictures of his son instead of printing his opinions which mean little, if anything at all, while his son, Austin, means everything.


Style has confirmed that he has indeed moved but informed us that it’s not our concern as to where he spends the night. Should anyone require his new address, you can email him at mrestyle@shaw.ca


Lyle, his beautiful, kind and forgiving wife Angela, and their son Austin, would like to extend their warmest greetings to you this season and wish you and yours nothing but the best now and always (Christmas photo taken by Austin). And Style tells us “the staff should send their regards too”, so we’re sending our regards to you all.



SPRING 2010

Although Style won’t admit it’s him, it’s clear to us that he is indeed “The Viterra Man” as seen in placemats/ mousepads, print ads, life-size and counter cut-outs, cards and farm advertizing.






It’s confirmed that Style’s baby sister “Gaybee” gave his hero Alice Cooper a copy of Style’s CD “Cutting Room Floor” in Palm Springs at this year’s Bob Hope Classic. It was reported Alice requested to keep the CD as soon as he saw it and said “I look forward to listening to this…” (that’s the first time anyone said those words about his CD, or so says Style).



Style was seen at a Dragon’s Den audition at the CBC pitching his “Com In Dot” and “Com On Dot” business concepts. Style told us he doubts if he’ll be on the show because they thought his name was ridiculous. He did announce that he will be unveiling the “Com In Dot” to the public later this year.

Style has been seen walking around with a cane lately, doing his best to bring them back in style. He proudly commented: “If people knew there was nothing wrong with me, they’d think there was something wrong with me but I don’t care, I love canes.”


It’s our contractual duty to wish Mr. E Style a Happy Birthday this time of year. He turns 39 on May 18th although it’s rumoured that his acting resume says his age range is from 44-52.
Style had this to say about his special day:
“I always get excited whenever it’s someone else’s birthday. Perhaps too excited, because often other people’s birthdays don’t live up to the hype I build up in my mind and it leaves me disappointed at the end of the day. For my birthday though, I spend it exercising the art of shame. I spend most of the day making lists of all the things I’ve set out to accomplish but have yet to do so. I spend a lot of time staring in the mirror in disgust on how poorly I’ve aged, how out of shape I am, how I’m the only one responsible for not being as successful as I could be… [long uncomfortable pause] …and I stare in horror at the bags under my eyes and lines on my face, they’re my music industry awards that I carry with me everywhere. Indeed, my birthdays aren’t happy. Although I do the best to make everyone else’s birthday a happy day for me, which is a good thing, because it’s somebody else’s birthday almost every day of the year. I think it makes me a happier person to be around because I do it this way.”


Style met up with Mel Tillis while he was in Winnipeg on tour. Mel told Style a few more Roger stories and teased him that he never told him the real good stories for the book, this isn’t the first time he was told that the best stories about Roger will go untold. As always, Mel put on a great show, be sure to check him out if you get the opportunity, he’s one of the few country music legends left.


Speaking of Roger Miller, Style wanted us to thank the fans of “Ain’t Got No Cigarettes – Memories of Music Legend Roger Miller” for their support and continued kind words. “Hearing from people around the world that don’t know me and take the time to write me and say ‘thanks for writing the book’ really makes all that work worthwhile”. Style also mentioned “I don’t know if you should post this online or not, but there’s a great Roger Miller concert people can download called ‘Roger Miller, live at the Birchmere’, it’s unreal. I wish the Roger estate would release concerts like this for us fans to purchase, it’s pure gold.”

For the first time, Style has publically acknowledged his addiction to gum. “I’ve been addicted to sugarless gum for over thirty years. I can’t sleep without gum in my mouth, I even wake up to change it through the night. It’s a habit I can’t break. It’s not my only addiction, I have an addiction to technology and gadgets which drives my wife crazy. I have to be honest, I’d be addicted to sex too if I knew how to get it anytime I wanted to. Unfortunately for me, there are no organizations to help me with any of my problems.”


Since we’ve been swamped with emails regarding the “Copper for Style Day”, here’s how it panned out: Style never kept one cent of any money donated. Yet again, he comments: “I felt Kitsalano’s [Style’s manager] idea was idiotic and although the concept was well received by the public and businesses, it wasn’t well received by me so I returned every single donation. Unfortunately, Kitsalano had nearly $8000 in lawyer retainer fees that I am responsible for. It’s not the first time that I’m stuck financially with the mistakes and stupid ideas Kitsalano has come up with. If I had anyone that was the slightest bit interested in managing my career, Kitsalano would be history.”


Style did get an opportunity to meet up with Alice Cooper in Winnipeg to discuss a potential venture together. Style wouldn’t comment on what it was about but said he’s hoping that things pan through because “Alice is one of the greatest singer/songwriters and entertainers ever”.


Style sent us some photos for our viewing pleasure of the Alice Cooper Concert, “Theatre of Death” in Winnipeg on April 26th, 2010. Without Style’s permission or anyone’s, we’re going ahead and posting some of those pictures he took himself for you to check out. Like Style has said many times publically and in private, “Alice is the coolest looking guy to ever walk the planet. Second coolest, Harry Dean Stanton.”

Enjoy...




FALL & WINTER 2009

Due to the underwhelming response in sales of Style’s latest CD, it’s reported that he’s had to take a part-time job as a “Best Before Date Food Taster” to make ends meet. Style claims “It’s a crappy job, I’m sick every other day or so and I’ve noticed some weight gain. I always wondered how they came up with those ‘best before dates’, now I know.”


Congratulations to all the winners of Canadian Country Music Awards. When asked about the CCMAs, Style said “The idea of any award show is ridiculous. If they want to acknowledge people’s work, great, I can get behind that. But the idea that someone is better than someone else is a sad idea. And it’s not even about who is better, it’s who is better connected in the industry. It’s a sick game. But I guess someone like myself wouldn’t see the magic of it all when I’m not nominated for anything or I would think that ‘no one is better than anyone else’ because it appears everyone else in the music industry is better than me. I also must say it’s nice to see that the artists that get the most exposure on the Canadian Country Music Awards are Americans. I hear they need our support. I guess the Canadian Country music scene really respects the USA, as do I, it’s crystal clear that if you want to make it as a Canadian country artist in Canada, you should really be based out of Nashville. Don’t get me wrong, I love the United States, I just find it strange how people call it Canadian Country Music when most of it is recorded in the US and the artists live down there. It makes me proud to be Canadian artist.” Style was later seen at the liquor store purchasing a bottle of Glenmorangie Scotch. Style’s wife sent us an email the next day requesting us not to ask him any more questions about the Canadian country music scene.

Speaking of the US, it appears that Style is getting a song cut by a major recording artist in Nashville. Unfortunately, Style didn’t write the song but he can one day impress his Grandchildren with this story.

Complaints have been swarming in to Style’s webmaster, wife, manager and Electric Recordings staff about conversations, emails and interviews where Style is purposely bringing up the statement “Who shot John…” It’s been reported that in the last two months with every interaction with Style, he has worked in the wording “who shot John” at some point. It’s been causing a lot of confusion as to the point of this reference and hopefully he’ll stop doing it soon. Style, when asked for comment said “People are always looking for something to complain about, as far as I’m concerned, this is nothing but a lot of ‘who shot John’ and they need to find more important things to complain about than me.”

It’s rumored that Style has gone back to University but he will not confirm the rumor. We overheard him talking to someone on the phone about Psychology being a violent, negative energy sort of subject because “everyone is arguing about their theories, when in fact, it’s a whole lot of ‘who shot John’ and no one knows what the hell they’re really talking about. I don’t see the point of it…” Later in that conversation he said, “and another class I’m in doesn’t give you marks for correct answers, it only takes away 5% for every wrong one and there’s a hundred places you could get mistakes. So I could get 80% of it right and end up with a zero. It’s a marking system taken right out of Nazi Germany. ” Even when we asked him directly if he was back in university, he wouldn’t answer our question, instead, he shamefully turned away and we believe we saw him wipe a tear from his eye.

Effective immediately and from this date forward, December 5th is officially a “Penny for Style Day” (in North America) and “Copper for Style Day” elsewhere in the world. The concept is that businesses around the world are encouraged to give a penny from every business transaction (that’s right, just a penny per transaction) they have that day and donate it via Paypal to mrestyle@shaw.ca – Style comments “I think the concept is ludicrous, it’s something Kitsalano [Style’s manager] came up with to offset the enormous business expense associated to album promotion, and his absurd fees and commission he charges me. The money brought in will definitely be used to stimulate the economy though, which is a good thing. Kitsalano wants to make it mandatory for every business to participate but I’m not behind that idea at all.” When asked what’s in it for the businesses to participate, Style responded “I guess they can advertise that it’s ‘Penny for Style Day’ and people will think it’s something special, it should draw more business than a copper a transaction and it’s free for customers to participate, just the businesses give a penny from each transaction.” We at Electric Recordings can’t wait to see how this goes over, we already heard Kitsalano has a team of lawyers on retainer for businesses using the concept but not forwarding the fees on.

Style recently introduced his parents to Crystal Gayle to “make up for years of their disappointment” in him. They seemed to enjoy meeting her, however, Style’s Dad was overheard saying that he would have enjoyed it more if Lyle wasn’t there.


The photo with Crystal, Style and his folks is courtesy of Dorothy McDonald.





Since Style is running out of cash to do more frequent web updates and is behind in paying his staff at the office, he requested that we include this message:

“On behalf of myself, my family, and probably my staff, I would like to wish you and yours all the best this Christmas, New Years and/or Holiday Season and for that matter, always. May you all be safe, healthy, content and happy in every way possible!”






AUGUST 2009

Style upset Christians globally when he stated in a recent interview “The lowest point of my life was when I turned 34 years old and I realized that I lived to be older than Jesus. I just felt and still feel horrible that I haven’t accomplished half the things he did two thousand years ago.” Style claims the quote was just stating a fact and wasn’t meant to offend anyone.

Surprisingly Style publicly announced that he has converted religions and is now officially a Corinthian. He claims that he was inspired by the Bible and all the great letters written to the Corinthians. He is excited about the conversion as he tells us, that now, he doesn’t have to go to church anymore, he just has to check the mailbox and read the mail.

When asked about seeing any new movies in a recent interview, Style upset fans of the Transformers after stating “I found Transformers 2 to be a little farfetched, at times.” Style claims the quote was just his opinion and as all opinions means little to nothing at all.

Style upset Michael Jackson fans worldwide after posting a blog about Michael faking his own death. Style claims as per a contract set up by his manager (Johnny Kitsalano), he legally has to post, at minimum, a blog quarterly, and this was the topic that came to mind. Style wanted us to quote him as saying “I don’t encourage anyone to read anything they don’t want to, listen to anything they don’t want to, or look at anything or do anything they don’t want to; so if you don’t want to read, listen or look at anything to do with me, please don’t, it won’t hurt my feeling.” We asked him if that was “feelings” or “feeling”, he said “feeling” – perhaps that means he only has one left. If that sounds like he is being mean to anyone, he also stated to us that he still wants “everyone to live long, happy, safe, content, and healthy lives.”

It comes as no surprise to anyone that yet again, Style has not been chosen to showcase or perform at the Canadian Country Music Week & Awards Show - this year taking place in his old stomping grounds, Vancouver, BC. This marks the 15th anniversary of Style being formally rejected. Style said to us on the phone “I guess the Canadian Country Music Industry wants nothing to do with me, and that’s fine with me. I wish them lots of success, I’ll pursue things on my own, just like I’ve done since I started. My problem is that I never sold out to what’s in now, and I can live with myself for that. I’m proud of what I accomplished and of my releases, if the CCMA doesn’t like me or my stuff or creativity, well, to hell with me. That’s alright, I wish them and the industry... well.”

Style wasn’t nominated for any awards in any category and will not be presenting anything nor attending the Country Music Awards this year and doesn’t anticipate attending them anytime in the near future. Style added, “The only time I get acknowledged by the CCMA is when it’s time for me to send them another cheque to renew my membership. Maybe they’ll acknowledge my work when I’m dead, and I promise to be very patient for that acknowledgement.” After a long, uncomfortable pause, Style added “Perhaps I should issue a public apology for pursuing a career in the entertainment business in Canada. That would probably make most industry people feel a lot better about themselves and for them not returning my phone calls and/or emails.”

When asked what he was going to be doing instead of going to the CCMAs, Style answered “For the last twenty years or so, off and on, I’ve been trying to do a pencil sketch of a mirror that will work. I still haven’t figured out how to do it, but I will. Perhaps it will happen during the Canadian Country Music Week and it will turn out that things happened for a reason. I’d like to be known as the first person in history to draw a working mirror.” Good luck with that Mr. E Style.

On a brighter note, Style’s son, Austin turned one on July 3rd. Style Twittered us this about AJ: “Time flies with AJ. He’s very smart, active, fast & funny... he can make me smile & laugh like no other. Watching him grow up is the greatest thing I’ve ever witnessed.” This is the one and only Twitter (actually a two part Twitt) that we received from Style and we’ve been given the heads up that he thinks Twitter is ridiculous and wants nothing more to do with it.

We all here at Electric Recordings hope your summer is/was great!


MAY - JUNE 2009

Happy Birthday to Mr. E Style who celebrates his 38th birthday on May 18th, he doesn’t look at day over 50.

It was anonymously reported that Style went to church on Mother’s Day and caused a scene in front of the entire congregation when he was slapped by an unidentified person immediately after receiving communion for reasons unknown (to us). Style wouldn’t comment any further except to confirm it was true and ask us how in the hell we found out about this. He also asked us to please not post this online but it’s what the label pays us to do - good or bad. Sorry Yayo.

After Style getting slapped in the face by critics across Canada and even into the UK for releasing a CD to the public, we are pleased to bring you this FIVE out of FIVE Star Review for Cutting Room Floor by Maverick Magazine:

Outrageously brilliant album that tips its Stetson to the past giants of both country and rock and roll.

This fourteen-track release by Style is simply something else. A man who obviously doesn’t make an album by conventional methods of obtaining some material, whether it be their own or by other writers, then recording it until it sounds about right and then releasing it. Although eight of the songs are originals by Style, there are three which are his versions of unreleased tracks by some legendary and much-missed artists.

Am I Ever Gonna Find It is one such unreleased track by Buddy Holly. Given permission to record his own interpretation by Buddy’s widow Maria Elena Holly as he sung it to her over the phone, this is a version which I’m sure the great man would not disapprove of. Having wanted his music to become loved, this wish has achieved even further recognition by Style’s efforts. Being just over 2 ½ minutes long, it’s length is very apt of Holly’s work and is full of some Buddy style picking and helped out by backing singers sounding much better than The Picks ever did. As I have found out most recently, it is a great driving song that anybody would find difficult not to enjoy. Roy Orbison and Bill Dees’ Hold Onto That Feeling starts off the album with a very fine country rock sound that resonates Orbison’s style which he was most famous for producing. Like Holly’s track, it too has a short duration but the quality it packs into that small space of time is phenomenal. Harmonies are superb once again and with a stonking guitar solo in the middle it really is quite a track to hear. Like many songs’s recorded by Orbison and his rock and roll contemporaries it could have been extended to being much longer. Waylon Jennings’s Ain’t That A Hoot also finds itself appearing on the album. It too an unreleased track, it has a stuttering but effective beat that, as with Holly’s and Orbison’s songs, excels quality from every angle you can find. Great harmonies, as well as what can only be described as exceedingly good electric guitar picking finds itself included in this track that barely lasts the 2 ½ minute mark. Oh how I wish for this song to be longer.

The material of Holly, Jennings and Orbison aren’t just the only guys covered but also some of Style’s own work. You might ask does it match up to the legends he has decided to cover? Damn right it does. I Look At My Wife has a very rolling-off-the-tongue batch of lyrics that are downright hilarious. Telling of the possible drudgery of married life, it is to Style’s credit that he makes what could have turned out to be a depressive scenario into a song which must have been listened near on a dozen times by yours truly. I’m sure that the same has happened to others who have heard this quite sublime track. Until Next Time really is an oddball of a tune that is just so appealing and quite excellent. A combination of a pep talk and thanking you for buying this album, it enters Twin Peaks territory when you hear towards its conclusion a random voice talking. As he writes in the album sleeve, this is the voice of his Grandfather Gido who Style had recorded. Sadly passed away and despite Style regarding him as "the most miserable man I’ve ever met or heard of in my life", this different approach to song crafting certainly works. If a lesser-talented artist had attempted this, they would have failed. But with Style, he excels beyond all expectations.

Being a really fine, and indeed intriguing album, Cutting Room Floor is definitely worth catching and will surely not disappoint. His surname sums this guy up perfectly: Style. And there’s plenty to go around. RH

Style also took out this ad in Maverick Magazine which has been labelled as “inappropriate”, “disturbing to look at”, “in poor taste” and “offensive” by some even though it’s 100% accurate:

Style performed at a fundraiser for the Manitoba Writers’ Guild on May 13th. If you’d like to listen to a podcast of the performance, it is probably available here: www.aquabooks.ca

Style himself has asked us over the telephone to ask people to stop sending him hate-mail about his blogs and the quotes on his Bio page of this website. “Having a blog on the website wasn’t my idea, I was told that it would be a smart thing to do. They’re just little pieces of my mind, I don’t even know what the hell I’m supposed to write about in a blog, and I stand behind my quotes as posted. You know, I get emails every day or two by people who think my blogs and quotes are ridiculous and offensive. It’s as though I’m forcing them to read them, and I’m not. I’m not sure why people read or listen to things they don’t like, isn’t it easier to stop and go on with your life instead of getting all offended and then giving me a hard time about it?? Come on.”

We’re going to close with a yet another bizarre occurrence in the life and times of Mr. E Style: Style has possibly made the biggest slip-up of his career. One that has turned into an epic viral phenomenon that has been forwarded to countless people around the globe when he sent out a FYI email about his 5 out of 5 star review in Maverick Magazine to people on his mailing list. The problem, it accidently included a very personal back and forth email with his manager at the bottom of the email. It has been confirmed that this attempt at a marketing email is being used as the prime example of a “what not to do” in computer and music marketing courses across North America including success seminars put on by Jack Canfield. When we contacted Johnny Kitsalano for comment, he told us “Style is an idiot” and then hung up the phone. When we phoned Style for comment, he stated it was an honest mistake and “I was just trying to make Kitsalano happy for the first time in his life and I should have taken a look at it before I clicked ‘send’. The whole email thing was his idea, I don’t like bragging or sending out mass emails. Honestly, I don’t care who reads it at this point, if anything, it says more about my famed manager who is abusive, just in it for the money, and overall just useless than it does about me.” Style confirmed Kitsalano hasn’t spoken to him since the email was sent out. If you haven’t already received the email by someone, here it is to appease your curiosity [note the bottom of email]:

To: Undisclosed Friends of Style
Cc: 'Johnny Kitsalano'
Subject: Touchin' Base and an FYI - 5/5 Star Review

Hey,
Just a note to say “hey” and to give you a heads up on probably the best review to date on “Cutting Room Floor” from this May’s issue of Maverick Magazine in the UK.  5/5 Stars! See attached if interested. While writing the Roger Miller book, I’d always ask my heroes for advice on making it in the music industry, many of them advised me to take risks which is exactly what we did in the production/writing of the album. Granted the album is unlike anything out there, some people get it, some don’t. That said, I appreciate your ongoing support on this CD project and on the book.

Other than that, things with me are going great, being a Dad is way better than I could have ever imagined. Austin John (AJ) is going to be ten months old, he’s already learning to walk and talk, he’s without a doubt the best thing to happen to me.

BTW, if you happen to be in Winnipeg on May 13th, I’m performing at a fundraiser for the Manitoba’s Writers Guild at Aqua Books @ 274 Garry St from 7-9pm. Info at http://www.aquabooks.ca/index.php

Thanks for your time and hope life is treating you and yours well.

Lyle E Style
www.doitwithstyle.com - Cutting Room Floor CD available for purchase and download worldwide now!

 "5 out of 5 Stars... Outrageously brilliant album... Being a really fine, and indeed intriguing album, Cutting Room Floor  is definitely worth catching and will surely not disappoint. His surname sums this guy up perfectly: Style. And there’s plenty  to go around." - Maverick Magazine  

 "Lyle has a sound that makes every song unique. He has uncovered some real gems by some great songwriters in this CD. Great  listening!" - Music Legend Bobby Goldsboro

If you haven't already, check out the first book ever written on the King of The Road, Roger Miller: www.electricrecordings.com/book.html

"I find it exceptional. A must-read book!"- Legendary DJ Bill Mack

"...one of the best-ever 'reads' on a country music star, and country music in general." - Country Music News

"...through a quirk of deliberate or accidental genius, what Style has actually assembled is a living document of country music in its hootin', hollerin' outlaw heyday."  - The New York Times

From: Johnny Kitsalano [mailto:kitsalano@shaw.ca]
Sent: Sunday, April 26, 2009 4:38 PM
To: Lyle E Style
Subject: Re: RE: email that maverick review

Get comfortable. i left details on your voicemail mr. father of the year too busy to answer his cell. cc me on it. if you don't do it, i will, 400 cash, send scan,emails, cash first...
kits

----- Original Message -----
From: Lyle E Style
Date: Sunday, April 26, 2009 3:30 pm
Subject: RE: email that maverick review
To: 'Johnny Kitsalano'

Johnny, you always have a way of brightening my day. I don’t feel comfortable bothering everyone I’ve ever met to let them know about a good review. I know if I got an obvious mass email from someone about a good CD review I’d think they were desperate for attention, and I think they were a jerk for wasting my time. I don’t even know what I would write in it anyway.

If you have any idea how I won’t look like a jerk, let me know, but for the record, I don’t want to do this. BTW, sue me if you want, I’m the one taking the hit on everything and you know it. AND I haven’t forgotten NYC, I’m paying 19% interest on that!

From: Johnny Kitsalano [mailto:kitsalano@shaw.ca]
Sent: Sunday, April 26, 2009 2:15 PM
To: mrestyle@shaw.ca
Subject: email that maverick review

Style,you’re an idiot if you don’t forward that maverick review to everyone you ever met. you should be ashamed of yourself/sales. you better get them up or you’ll be looking for new rep. and i’ll sue for time spent, no joke. 50% of your intake isa joke you should be cutting me in for 90. maybe if you spent more time promoting/giggin and less time workin on your “craft” and being so ”deep”’, people would get your  music and start playing it /paying for it. get on it now....
kits


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