Style is back from his New York City CD Release Party. If you werenít there, apparently you missed some behind the scenes drama.
Style and his manager had yet another major falling out. Style told us via email that ""Kitsalano told me he was looking after all
expenses. An hour into the party, I get a call on my cell phone from VISA asking if I was in NYC. I told them I was and they said
"good because we noticed you made a purchase for $3700 USD at the Grand Hyatt and we wanted to be sure it was you". I could have died.
Kitsalano had my credit card number to book our rooms and flights, I told him Iíd look after those since he was looking after everything else.
Kits saw me on the phone and just calmly left the party when he saw me look at him. Unbeknownst to me he then changed his room and flight and
I havenít spoken to him or heard from him since. You know Iíve been biting my tongue but I think I need to say it officially, Johnny Kitsalano
could win an award for the worst manager in history, not only did he use my credit card when he said he was looking after all the expenses but
he banned the use of recorders and cameras at the release party for everyone including all invited media. Apparently he even told the press
I would be unavailable for interviews! I didnít hear of that until after the party when someone shouted out at me from the lobby that
The New York Times would have done something on the release if they were only allowed to take a few photos and talk to me about it.
Then they said "but thanks for all the Scotch and Sushi". I mean, why even bother having a CD release party all the way in New York when
thereís no public record of it? I have no idea what goes on in that Kitsalanoís head, I think he may be trying to sabotage my career."
Shown are the only photos we know of from the release party that someone took outside the Manhattan Ballroom at the Grand Hyatt.
Style did apparently enjoy his trip to New York and spent some quality time at The Paley Center For Media where he got to see for the first time
the premiere episode of The Roger Miller Show, some episodes of The Tonight Show with Roger as a guest and some amazing footage from three
episodes of the 1973 series, The Bobby Darin Show. Could a Bobby Darin book be in Styleís future??
Also in New York, Style paid tribute to his late heroes by visiting the sites where they
played including Andy Kaufman at Carnegie hall (Style was apparently lost trying to find it but didnít have it in him to ask a stranger "how do
I get to Carnegie Hall" in fear of getting the "practice, practice, practice" response). He did eventually find it and said it was amazing being
there where so many of his heroes have been before him. Style also told us "It was surreal walking through Central Park walking by the same
trees as John Lennon walked by and then standing there at the Dakota where he lived and then seeing the spot where he was gunned down. It was
an emotional experience." Photo: Style outside The Dakota where Lennon lived and was shot.
Weíre sad to say another one of Lyleís friends and heroes passed away last month, Scotty Turner, who was featured in Styleís book and has a song
on his CD. Scotty wrote many great songs and contributed to the music industry in a very positive way being instrumental in the careers of
Waylon Jennings and Roy Clark just to name a few. Style is probably the latest recording artist to cut one of Scottyís songs, this time it
was the song he co-wrote with Buddy Holly, "Am I Ever Gonna Find It". R.I.P. in Rock Ďn Roll Heaven Scotty!
Style has been getting slack and even banned from some radio stations because of his song "I Look At My Wife" as it insinuates that marriage
is a "living hell". Style text messaged us this: I have no idea what they r talking about, the song lyric is "as I walk into another dimension
of what they call a living." Then the next line is "Hell, sheís yelling at the kids...". The lyrics are even in the liner notes! I love marriage,
itís the best thing to ever happen to me, to be banned from radio over something like this is ridiculous.
You may be interested in knowing
Styleís cancelled world tour is now being dubbed "The Disappointment Tour". T-shirts are anticipated shortly for anyone interested.
Check back for links to purchase.
Do it with Style in New York City! The official "Cutting Room Floor" CD release party is taking place in NYC on Saturday, February 21st. Itís an
open invitation to all fans and media to join Style at the Grand Hyatt New York at 109 East 42nd Street at Grand Central Terminal in the
Manhattan Ballroom from 9pm-midnight. Styleís manager Johnny Kitsalano is looking after all drinks and hor'derves including providing a
free CD to the first 200 people! Get there early! Sorry but Mr. Kitsalano announced there are no cameras or recorders allowed.
We start the year off with this press release: 2009 Lyle E Style World Tour! 200 cities
in 222 days including ALL 67 Canadian cities! The 2009 Lyle E Style World Tour was officially announced on January 19th at 10am Central Time.
It appears Style spent the better part of his Palm Springs "vacation" planning this historic and sure to be exhausting tour. Unfortunately,
at 4pm Central Time that very day, Style cancelled the tour after catching up on some reading that afternoon when coming across some horrible
and insulting reviews on his CD from various Canadian publications. Style told us over the phone "To hell with me for doing something original
in the music industry. If this is what I'm in for in Canada, why bother? The tour is cancelled. We planned to hit every Canadian city, my home
country, it took months and countless hours to plan. It was going to be an epic journey. I don't even feel like hitting the rest of the world.
My family and I have invested all of our savings and my personal income since the early 90s in the music industry and to have the result of
all that work and investment ripped apart like that hurts. I don't mind having my work criticized but they turned the title of the album into
the theme of their reviews, that, and my cheesy name made me and the CD an easy target. I know I'm not the best singer in the world, or even
on my block and I have never claimed to be but I stand behind the album 100%, this is the first album ever released like this and youíd think
you could find something positive in seeing an artist doing something original in an industry of copycats. That, plus Dr. Rageís guitar solos
are unbelievable, youíd think theyíd at least send the musicians a compliment. You know, some critics are calling the unreleased songs by some
of my heroes so good that I'm an idiot to release my original songs, my babies, next to them. My songs took years to write and re-write, to have
them all called ugly hurts. Each one was written on topics or with angles that I've never heard written about before, that took a lot of work.
Other critics call the unreleased songs by my heroes horrible and they weren't recorded because they weren't good. To hell with me for
appreciating their songwriting I guess. I'm sorry my favourite songs aren't just their number one radio hits. I think their music goes way
deeper than the hits, I stand behind the unreleased songs that we chose and believe me, there were many to choose from, two of the songs
weren't recorded because they died tragically, not because they didn't want to record them! The songs chosen are the ones that struck me as
a fan of theirs. On top of that, the CD is a result of first hand advice I got from my musical heroes, 'take risks and be original'. That's what
we set out to do on this album. I think what hurt the most was one critic said Ďthis album will leave you scratching your head as to whatís the
point of this albumí. That comment is the main reason for cancelling the tour, like he said Ďwhatís the point?í I guess you can say Ďwhatís the
point of anythingí. You know, for the record, for years, all I heard in the music biz at all these pricey music conventions I'd attend across
North America, was they are looking for something different, I thought I was filling a demand, apparently I was wasting their time, and there
is nothing worse to me than wasting anyone's time. I'd hate to waste their time by giving them free tickets to a show, so for now, there are no
more shows. My sincere apologies to anyone out there that wanted to come to a show and in case youíre wondering, I did all the plans myself so
no agents invested any time or money in this tour. The only one whoís loses out is myself and perhaps my manager who takes 25% commission off
the top of everything and he didnít invest five minutes of work into this tour." Photo: Style outside The Parker Palm Springs taking a break
from planning the world tour.
Since cancelling the world tour, itís rumoured that Style is thinking of starting a new business for women who are breastfeeding their babies.
Apparently since becoming a father, Style has mastered the art of telling "which boob is next" as it seems some nursing mothers have a hard time
remembering which breast was used for their last feeding. Style is batting a 100% success rate. At the office we are having a hard time trying to
figure out exactly how he would make this a feasible business, perhaps via webcam??
Photos have turned up on the internet of Style at the Betty Ford Clinic just outside of
Palm Springs. Style claims that he wasnít a patient but was checking it out because a lot of his heroes spent time there. Us at the office wonder
the real reason as we canít help but think of his lyric "Fighting for my privacy, Betty Ford Destiny, million dollar tour bus going round,
town to town" from his song, "Thatís What I Wanna Be". Photo: Style outside of Betty Ford Clinic courtesy of TMZ.
Style was seen on the golf courses in Palm Springs, this photo showed up
on the internet and it appears Style stuck to the mini-golf courses.
Lyle apparently spent all proceeds from the sales of his CD on a haircut in Palm Springs
by a guy who was Johnny Carsonís personal hairstylist and also worked on The Sonny & Cher Show. Style told the guy "short on the sides and back,
spiky on the top". The guy proceeded to snip a tenth of an inch, Style stopped him and repeated the request of short hair, the guy proceeded
to snip two tenths of an inch, Style stopped him again and he proceeded to cut three tenths of an inch of hair. Style quit telling the guy how
short he wanted his hair as the stylist told him that this is the best he can do. Style left the shop with the exact hair length he had three
days earlier. It wasnít until leaving the shop Style realized that someone who cuts Johnny Carsonís hair does it every day except on weekends
and that three tenths of an inch is the shortest he can cut hair. "It was the weirdest haircut I ever had, I had to go for another haircut just
a few days later, I wish I had known in advance what I was getting into." Photo: Style with his son AJ in Palm Springs three days before getting
Here are some recent reviews and media related stuff:
"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
Lyle E Style Cutting Room Floor -- The concept is cool: Raspy retro-rocker Style unearths unrecorded tunes by Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly,
Waylon Jennings and his hero Roger Miller. The execution isnít bad either: The menu of Ď50s-style rockabilly, twangy country and bluesy
rock is smartly underproduced and presented with a wink. And as for Styleís quirky originals: Glad they didnít end up you-know-where.
- The Winnipeg Sun
When country singer-songwriter Lyle E Style asked whether his musical heroes had any unrecorded songs, he got the answer he was hoping for:
they did. And so Cutting Room Floor was born. The album contains unreleased songs written by legends Roger Miller, Waylon Jennings, Roy Orbison
and Buddy Holly, along with nine originals. With those names come mighty big boots to fill, but thereís a lot of cowboy under Styleís hat.
The whiskey-soaked vocals sound at times reminiscent of Kenny Chesney and at other times like Jeff Tweedy, all the while remaining unique.
Style shows great respect for his musical forefathers while carving out his own path in the industry and on the scene. While itís no Mermaid
Avenue, this serving of songs by renowned writers and performers is pretty OK. - Brandon Bertram, The Uniter
Canadian singer/songwriter and author, Lyle E Styleís new release "Cutting Room Floor" on Absurd Machine Records is a gem, full of songs written
by many of my all time songwriters. If you have read Lyleís book, "Ainít Got No Cigarettes", about the one and only Roger Miller, youíve got to
add "Cutting Room Floor" to your musical collection. If you havenít read the book, you should give it a try. Well written songs, many written
several years back, that for whatever reason never made it to a major label, were selected by Lyle for this
album. Lyle added his own "style" and painted the songs with a 2008 coat, to come up with a "must have" musical expression.
Lyle has spent many years interviewing friends and acquaintances of the great Roger Miller for his book, and accidentally found many of the
songs for this album. A song like, "Am I Ever Gonna Find It", co-written by Buddy Holly, Graham Kilsby and Scotty Turner, had been misplaced,
but not forgotten, when Scotty found the lyrics in an old worn out guitar case of his. Are we glad he did! The song captures a raw Buddy
Holly early contribution to the Treasury of Rockabilly. Scotty Turner is considered to be one of the pioneers of Rockabilly music.
Bill Dees, who co-wrote many hits with Roy Orbison, wrote the first cut on the CD, "Hold Onto That Feeling", and also co-wrote "River Queen"
with Lyle. A Waylon Jennings and Troy Seals uncut song "Ainít That a Hoot", didnít pass the record companyís editing team back when it was
first written, but is starting to fit in today.
Lyle wrote many of the clever and entertaining songs himself, and surrounded himself with the finest musicians, to finalize a product that
stacks up very well with other releases this year. "Ghost Story", an uncut demo by Roger Miller, had great "style".
- Tony Ansems (President of the Songwriters of Wisconsin International)
Combating the sameness
"Singer-songwriter does things his own way on new CD" - Curran Faris, The Uniter
Lyle E Style occupies that increasingly rare point on the country music continuum thatís far away from generic Top 40 pop country and thatís
exactly how he likes it. After living in Vancouver and Nashville, trying to catch his big break, the 37-year-old returned to his native Winnipeg and signed to Absurd Machine Records. That label has released his new album, Cutting Room Floor.
Styleís musical career began nearly 20 years ago, performing in high school rock bands. Speaking by phone from his vacation spot in Palm Springs,
Style said that at that time, country music was the cringe-inducing music his parents listened to. Like so many country song clichťs, Style got
into the genre after an encounter with an early girlfriend. "I think [I got into country music] when I broke up with my first girlfriend. I never
understood country music whatsoever" Once I got dumped, I started to understand all those country songs and I started realizing that a lot of
those songs were stories and I really got hooked on them," Style said.
Since that initial heartbreak, Style has been perfecting his brand of stripped down Americana and digging deep into country musicís history. His
research culminated in his first book, 2005ís Ainít Got No Cigarettes: Memoirs of Music Legend Roger Miller and his record Cutting Room
Floor. Style said artists like Miller, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings were huge influences and sources of inspiration on his own music"and
heís always preferred the rare, hard-to-find tracks from his favourite artists. "I just found that some of the stuff that wasnít commercial was
just so creative and so cool and I just try to take pieces of that and throw it into my music."
Cutting Room Floor harnesses Styleís love for obscure songs, as it features renditions of previously unreleased songs by Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison
and the aforementioned Miller and Jennings. Relying on his industry connections, most notably producing and songwriting legend Bill Dees, Style
poured over dusty demo tapes and even gained permission from Buddy Hollyís widow to compile these rare tracks. The result is an album thatís at
once refreshing and historic.
"One of the reasons behind putting out this release is its uniqueness," said Colin Musulak of Absurd Machine Records. "The fact that thereís a
story behind it makes it special."
Style said he always tries to do things that havenít been done before. "The one thing Iíve heard time and time again from spending so much time
in Nashville and Branson, and I was lucky enough to spend time with my heroes, and theyíve all said thereís a Ďsamenessí in country music," Style
said. Ainít Got No Cigarettes and Cutting Room Floor are his way of combating that sameness.
"Nobody has ever written a book on Roger Miller and nobody has ever released a record like Iíve just released" No one has ever found unreleased
songs by Roy Orbison, Waylon Jennings, Roger Miller and Buddy Holly, so Iím pretty proud of the fact that Iíve hunted these songs down."
Fall 2008 -
It's not often a guy has two babies within two months of each other! Cutting Room Floor is unofficially
released & Mr. E Style's other baby is officially released!
Cutting Room Floor is available here exclusively online now! The
first of its kind concept album featuring Style's versions of
previously unreleased songs written by Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Roger
Miller, Waylon Jennings & more is now available.
This album is unlike anything you've ever heard in a beautiful digipak
design. Pick up your copy here
for only $20 USD including shipping anywhere in the world!
On July 3rd, Style's life changed for the
better when his boy Austin John was born. He was 8lbs, 3oz – just a few
months later, he's doubled in size! He is a healthy and happy (already
smiling & giggling). He is also a looker, just like his Mom.
Unfortunately for Style, it was the placenta that was a splitting image
of him. Considering
Style was allergic to children for his whole life, he is enjoying every
moment with his new bundle of joy claiming he now knows what
contentment is. It was confirmed that he was conscious throughout the
delivery, he actually cut the cord and is even changing diapers
It is reported that AJ's
middle name was quite the controversy when being named, Style wanted
his name to be either Austin Found, Austin Space or Austin
Translation but that didn't go over well with the Mrs. When she
suggested John after Saint Johnny Cash, Style was sold and a name was
agreed upon. Style & his family would like to send out a huge thank
you to the excellent staff at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg and all
those who sent out congratulations and more for AJ.
confirmed it himself that he will be answering to the name Pagu
instead of Dad because whenever a kid yells DAD! at a store, twenty
heads turn. This way only his head will turn when PAGU! is yelled.
It's also interesting to note that AJ is more known than his given
names as Mini-Pagu or Spagu since he is the mini version of his Dad
(size small – S for small, therefore, Spagu for short). We know,
all of us are still shaking our heads over this one too.
An interesting note is that on October 5th,
AJ was baptized having perhaps for the first time in history SAME SEX
Style's sister Gaybee (as referred to by Lyle) or Lori (as referred
to by the rest of the world) and his wife's sister Gina are AJ's
to Absurd Machine on the release of their movie Aegri Somnia
which has been receiving great reviews. This is the horror movie that
Style was supposed to be in but was banned to appear due to his union
Style was seen at the
Canadian Country Music Week in Winnipeg this year however to everyone's
surprise was not chosen to showcase. Apparently having a first of its
kind book on Roger Miller featuring some of the biggest stars in the
history of Country Music and a completely unique CD wasn't good enough
to do a free show for the Canadian Music Industry. This has been
thirteen years in a row that Style has been snubbed. When asked for a
comment, Style said "I don't care anymore, I don't want to force feed
my music or any of my other ventures to people who aren't interested. I
hope all those chosen to showcase did well and the opportunity leads to
good things for them."
It is rumored that at the Canadian
Country Music Week, Style approached an industry ‘big wig' to introduce
himself and ask for some advice. The ‘big wig' said "If my name was
Lyle E Style, I'd kill myself." Style sort of laughed and then the ‘big
wig' said "No, I'm serious. That's the only way people will ever take
you seriously." Style's manager Kitsalano agreed with the ‘big wig' and
that it would be a great way to market the new CD, Kitsalano asked
Style to seriously consider it. Style told him he had too much to live
for and the two haven't spoken since. Style dropped nearly a grand to
attend the conference and he was disappointed that the only advice he
received was to kill himself.
TMZ recently spotted Style with a
smoking pipe in his mouth. Style informed us that he was considering
going back to university but he didn't have the time or the money so
instead, he decided to start walking around in public with a pipe in
his mouth to make him look smarter. He did want us to mention, he
doesn't actually smoke, he just keeps it in his mouth to look cool.
Good luck with that Mr. E Style…
Style's got a new
MySpace page featuring tracks off of Cutting Room Floor and a bunch
of baby pics of AJ. Check it out at www.myspace.com/lyleestyle>
We hope you enjoy the changes to our
website, check back often for new updates!>
- Be sure to check out your favourite music download store if youíd like to download Styleís new album!
- On behalf of Style, his family and the gang here at Electric Recordings, have a safe and joyous holiday season!
- Howdy folks, we hope life is treating all of you swell.
It's been a while since we've been filled you in on the life and times
of Mr. E Style. Things with the CD have been coming along, apparently
not enough from stopping Lyle from getting busy with his wife. Yes, the
rumours are true – STYLE is going to be a DAD. Who would have guessed??
- The latest rumour is he hasn't spoken to his wife since the
ultrasound because he didn't think the baby looked anything like him.
Style couldn't be contacted for a comment however everyone here at the
office has no doubt that it's his baby based on its potbelly.
- When he first found out his wife was expecting, he told us
the best thing about being a baby would be getting to hear Johnny
Cash, Waylon Jennings, Roger Miller and Alice Cooper all for the first
time plus every episode of The Simpsons and Seinfeld
would be new. No one here ever thought of it that way. We are
thinking there may be an album of sarcastic children's songs in the
- As for Style's part in the Horror Movie, we are sad to
announce that he's been pulled out for legal reasons. You see, Style is
a member of the Actor's Union and he can't work on any independent
films that aren't unionized. All of us were sad to hear this hasn't
panned out although we look forward to seeing him play a factory worker
on the upcoming Renée Zellweger/Harry
Connick Jr movie called Chilled In Miami. Style wouldn't give us any
details about that shoot other than saying don't hold your breath if
you want to see my acting skills.
- As for the release date for CUTTING ROOM FLOOR, it
looks like the official release will be late Summer 2008. The last we
heard, they are busy mixing the album. We are hoping to have audio
clips posted here soon. Apologies to those who are anxiously waiting!
News September 2007
- SIMPSON'S MOVIE SAVES STYLE'S LIFE: OK,
potentially saves his life. Style was in Minneapolis with his wife when
the 35W bridge suddenly collapsed into the Mississippi River. Style had
plans to be downtown via that bridge that fateful afternoon when they
noticed a movie theater and decided to see what time the Simpson's
Movie was playing. Without much discussion, they decided to check out
the movie instead of going downtown. Everyone is grateful for that
decision and our thoughts and prayers go to all the victims, family,
people and businesses affected by this disaster. Special thanks to Matt
Groening for making the movie.
- Style has been cast to play a part in a
feature horror movie – details to follow soon.
- It turns out Cutting Room Floor has been
eating up way more time than anticipated. The earliest that it will be
available is now late October. Please be patient, it's worth the wait!
- Style recently was a judge for the
Songwriters of Wisconsin International Songwriting Contest – Style felt
honored to be asked yet a little awkward because come on, who is he to
is performing an ultra rare series of acoustic shows at Shannon's Irish
Pub at 175 Carlton Street in Winnipeg. Come check it out! Shows will be
every Tuesday in September (4th, 11th, 18th & 25th) with a start
time of 10pm. Call 204-943-2302 for more info.
- Style will
performing in Thompson, Manitoba on July 26th at Mac Lean
Park for a free outdoor concert from 9-11pm courtesy of the City of
Thompson. Everyone is welcome!
tentative release of Cutting Room Floor will be late September 07.
Style along with the boys at Absurd Machine Studios have been working
hundreds of hours recording this innovative album.
of Style trying to get his money back
recently after seeing The Beatles – Love in Las Vegas because he's
from Canada and he didn't know the Beatles weren't performing live and
it didn't state anywhere on the website or concert ticket that the
Beatles weren't together anymore… was a joke that has gotten out of
hand. The fact is someone overheard him say to an usher on the way out
"I'm from Canada, I thought the Beatles were supposed to be performing"
and then the usher explained to him who the Beatles were – from there
the story has been blown out of proportion. He wants us to make clear
that he didn't ask for his money back and that he knew the Beatles
broke up long ago and that unfortunately John Lennon and George
Harrison passed away along with the original Paul McCartney who died in
1966 and was replaced by the imposter formerly known as Billy Shepherd
- After years
keeping this story behind
closed doors, Style finally spoke to us about his seven and a
battle with his car insurance company. As you may recall in
'99, Style was in a car accident which caused significant damage to his
left hand and wrote off his car. After years of getting the runaround,
he sought out a specialist who found the problem and then performed
hand surgery so he could get back to playing guitar. Unfortunately, his
hand hasn't ever fully recovered and he still suffers from chronic
Up to the time of his
accident, Style was performing regularly across North America at a
variety of high profile stages. Since the accident, Style has kept low
due to the hand surgery and ongoing therapy. Since the time of the car
accident, Style has privately been fighting with Manitoba Public
Insurance Corporation who have refused him any benefits for two
1) Because he couldn't prove his hand didn't have problems prior to the
accident (obviously a ridiculous accusation based on his regular
performances up to that date) and 2) Because he could have easily quit
music industry to become a salesperson or something else that doesn't
involve using his left hand. Style thought this was a slap in the face
as he has been performing in public since 1986 and couldn't just give
up his musical dreams because some corporation told him to become a
salesperson, so he decided to fight back.
It turns out
his battle was a waste of time
as Style has recently attended his final appeal to be turned down for
benefits yet again. It is estimated that he has lost over $250,000 in
associated expenses and lost wages since the time of the accident.
Style told us "MPIC is a highly unethical company. From
day one, all I wanted to do was get back to work. They sent me to their
doctors on their payroll who kept on telling me that there was nothing
wrong with me, meanwhile, I was in hand therapy on orders from my
family physician. When I went to see a hand specialist on my own
accord, he found the problem and performed surgery to rebuild my hand.
All along MPIC kept on telling me I am still capable of doing other
work so give up the music. I thought that was an insane proposition. In
the process of fighting with this con artist outfit, I couldn't believe
what I found out: MPIC pays for any injuries that drunk drivers and
even car thieves cause to themselves in an accident! They cover all
medical expenses and if that person loses use of a limb or worse, they
will give them a generous payout and they don't ever have to work
again, they are just put on the same salary they had at the time of the
accident. It's appalling! My problem was my injury wasn't severe enough
that I lost full usage of my hand, I just obtained chronic pain and
limited functionality which entitled me to nothing. This could only
happen in Manitoba where they've invented 'no fault' insurance which
means by signing your insurance policy you agree to whatever they
decide, you can't sue them either. It's ridiculous and there are no
options for car insurance in Manitoba. I wish I could take my business
on - "At one point I was in Nashville working on my book on Roger
and performing at the songwriter nights out there. I was told MPIC
would appeal my case of me being a musician but I had to attend it in
person in Winnipeg. I thought it would be a no-brainer that I would win
so I postponed an interview I had lined up with Johnny Cash for my book
and drove all the way back to Winnipeg for the appeal. I was expecting
a settlement that would help get my music career back on track. Boy,
was I off base! They told me at the appeal that it was my decision to
still pursue the music career and that I was capable of doing other
jobs so I was entitled to nothing. This put me in serious debt, to the
point that I couldn't afford to get back to Nashville and never did get
another opportunity to interview Johnny Cash, it's something I've never
happy to report that he will be back doing what he loves once his new
CD is released. I've been in therapy for years now at my expense. My
hand is at the point that I can start performing again which is great
because I've missed it so much.
out that Style has written a song based on his experience fighting with
this insurance company called Forced Unhinged - Courtesy
Knobs @ MPIC. Style explains: "We've
already finished the song selection for the new CD but I may work it
into some shows and possibly include it on the next CD. It looks like
all I've gotten out of this experience besides pain and debt is a song,
which is sort of the story of my life."
He shared with us a few lyrics: "They own a
doctor called 'Big Mac K.' They give him a dollar for every ten he
saves. No matter what's wrong he says 'you're OK'. Karma will get him
one of these days."
Style stopped there in frustration to say
"You know, it's unreal how a corporation can be its own judge and jury.
I was as fully insured as I could have been, I never thought I'd have
these problems. It's sad but MPIC is set up with very similar politics
to that of the old Nazi camps. They make up their own laws and the only
people you can appeal them to are the people that work for the company
who are obviously going to side on the favor of the corporation. Unless
you actually lose a body part or a body part is completely dead, the
answer is always no. I don't know how they sleep at night. They've
cost me and the people close to me so much stress and pain, years of
lost income and years off my career. It hurts."
If you're looking for an
interesting forum, check out www.freerepublic.com where
a detailed review was written and Style has been
answering questions regarding his book Ain't Got No Cigarettes. You
will find plenty of previously unshared stories about the book and even
some unpublished interview clips. Feel free to join and participate!
Style's manager, Mr.
Kitsalano (who hasn't been on speaking terms with his client in over
six months) has posted some unauthorized Style related videos on YouTube.
Check them out if you're the slightest bit interested:
Check out updates scattered throughout the
site including an updated bio, FAQ and Quotes (as per request).
STYLE HEALTH SCARE: When
Style's wife recently brought up the conversation of perhaps
having a baby in the near future, it's reported Style was taken to the
Emergency room at the hospital to treat what they thought was a brain
aneurism. It appears now that it was just a severe anxiety attack (just
think what would happen if Style had a kid and had to change a diaper).
Style is out of the hospital and recovering in fair condition and is
scheduled to see a neurologist just to make sure everything still
works. Style claims the emergency room physician instructed him to
refrain from that topic of conversation for at least five years however
the Mrs. isn't buying it.
News July 2006
- The New
York Times calls Style
the guy who reignited the Outlaw feud!
Published: June 4, 2006
AIN'T GOT NO CIGARETTES:
Memories of Music Legend Roger Miller. By Lyle E Style.
got a name like Lyle E Style, your only career options are playing
point guard for the Kentucky Colonels circa 1973 or chronicling country
music, and readers should be grateful that Style has chosen the latter
collection of Q. and A.'s with dozens of illustrious country artists
and fixtures of the Nashville scene, he ostensibly recounts the life of
the musician and raconteur Roger Miller, of "King of the Road" and
"Dang Me" fame, who died of cancer in 1992.
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, when the D.J. Captain Midnight ruled the
airwaves, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge was the ultimate hangout and
everyone, it seems, was on cocaine — even the mimes.
way, Style learns some unprescribed uses for diet pills, discovers that
Miller's King of the Road Hotel may have been owned by the mob and
reignites an old feud between Tompall Glaser and Waylon Jennings. As
Mel Tillis says, "they're all characters or they wouldn't be in the
- DAVE ITZKOFF
Recordings and Absurd Machine Records are excited to announce the
co-production of Lyle E Style's Cutting Room Floor CD – it's been ten
years since Style's last CD release and this one is sure to make an
impact.The album is currently in pre-production and will be worked on
throughout the summer. Release date is TBA.
- Style will be on
a Western book promotional tour chatting about the book and doing
acoustic performances tentatively in Yorkton, Sheho, Drumheller,
Calgary, Canmore, Banff, Kelowna, Vancouver, Langley, Sechelt, Seattle,
Spokane, Billings, Fargo and Grand Forks. Keep your eyes and ears open
for Mr. E Style out West from the end of July to early August.
- On June 7, Style
appeared on Manitoba's #1 morning show from 6-9am on CJOB with Larry
Updike as the musical guest and to once again talk about the book,
specifically the positive feedback from The New York Times (the world's
largest publication). $5 from each book sold that day went to support
Tim Hortons Camp Day.
- On May 21st,
there was a tragic accident that took the life of Opry member Billy
Walker along with his wife and two band members. Lyle interviewed Mr.
Walker for Ain't Got No Cigarettes but the interview didn't make the
last cut for the book. Someday, somewhere it will be made available for
Billy Walker fans to enjoy. Condolences to the families, fans and
- The whole team
at Electric Recordings was sad to hear that Buck Owens passed away on
March 25. On March 26, Style performed a musical tribute to him at the
Stead annual Kidney Foundation Fundraiser. Mr. Owens' stories shared in
Ain't Got No Cigarettes are some of the most interesting and
entertaining. Style is extremely grateful to Mr. Owens and his staff
for their support on the book and for spending time with him.
News Cont'd >>>
- Once again, a
huge Thank You to all the good folks that have been so supportive of
Ain't Got No Cigarettes – it has recently appeared in many
publications around the world all giving great reviews, with more
anticipated soon. Special thanks to Great Plains Publications, Anita
Daher and Jenna Young for the excellent promotion and to everyone that
picked up a copy!