The hotline rang as I was getting ready to leave the Star 102.1 studio on Tuesday afternoon. “Hi this is Branden from Neon Trees,” said the voice on the other end of the line. Due to a scheduling mishap, I wasn’t expecting his call and he wasn’t expecting to talk with me. Since I was the only deejay around, I conducted an off-the-cuff interview and had a great time.
Branden Campbell was calling from Myrtle Beach. He mentioned a tourist attraction next door to the House of Blues, where they would perform that night. I was happy to hear that he liked Alligator Adventure as much as my son and I did when we visited.
The point of the phone call was to promote Saturday’s Neon Trees concert at the Bijou Theatre. Our conversation wandered from Rocky Top and the Louvin Brothers to the International Biscuit Festival, non-commercial radio, Gay Street, and a cool anecdote about the neon sign that gave the band its name.
The radio station will only use bits and pieces of the interview on-air. Here’s the entire 13-minute conversation for your podcasting enjoyment: