Philadelphia piano glam/rockers Low Cut Connie have made a habit out of making famous fans. From President Barack Obama including their song "Boozophilia" on his 2015 summertime playlist, to Rolling Stone Magazine recently heralding their latest release Dirty Pictures (Part 1) as one of the "50 Best Albums of 2017 So Far," alongside Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, Ed Sheeran, Drake, and Roger Waters.
But even with continued widespread acclaim, Low Cut Connie's frontman Adam Weiner wasn't prepared to hear that his piano hero Elton John was a new fan of his band's music. Weiner spoke to Keyboard from a tour stop in Louisville, Kentucky. Make sure to LISTEN to his full interview with Elton on Apple Beats 1 below!
Since we last spoke back in May, your new record Dirty Pictures (Part 1) has garnered acclaim far and wide, most recently with none other than piano legend Elton John. What was it like to get a call from him?
It was incredible. He called me at 7:00 AM on a Sunday morning while he was on-tour in France. The week before, he had picked our song "Dirty Water" to play on his radio show. He said a few really nice things about the band, and that just completely blew me away. Like many people, I grew-up with Elton and I idolized him in so many ways, and there he was, talking about our music. I was so moved, I wrote him a letter that found its way to his producer at Apple Beats 1. The next day, the producer contacted our publicist and said, "Elton would love to interview Adam this weekend." It was like "Bam, bam, bam!"
What kinds of things did the two of you talk about?
Well first of all, he started things off right away by saying, "I absolutely love the band. It's fantastic - what a sound! I'm biased because I'm a piano guy and you're a piano guy, and I'm just so blown away that you're 'flying the flag' and keeping piano rock and roll alive." Then he asked me if I was the guy playing the piano and singing, and I told him I was. He replied and said, "Adam, I bow down to you. It's absolutely brilliant, and you play piano so well."
Elton is still playing the holy hell out of the piano. I remember seeing him live at Madison Square Garden a few years ago thinking, "He's beating that thing like it owes him money!"
Yeah. I saw him at Bonnaroo a few years ago, and he played like a madman. He is totally undiminished on the piano. Elton told me how he had seen Jerry Lee Lewis as a kid and it changed his life, and that made him want to be a piano-playing performer, and jump on the furniture. I told him, "I learned this from watching you," and he replied, "You're carrying-on the torch." Then I told him that it was his fault that I don't have a real job, and that I'm doing this with my life!