Welcome

Thank you for visiting the official website for Magic Birds, a Chattanooga, TN-based band made up of Scott Bruce and Ben Ezell. Delivering their own brand of Americana music, the duo blends together elements of classic country, bluegrass and folk, producing a style of music that exemplifies the sound that has helped shape their lives. Check out the site, see where the next performance will be and take a listen to a few tunes. Hope you like what you hear!

One last single before the year ends! 

We are still working on our new album, but we wanted to go ahead and release one last single for you before the year ends. And there couldn't be a better time to release Shiver! We have been playing this one out live for a while now, but it's never been recorded. With the excellent production from our good buddy Nick Lutsko, we're proud to finally share it with you!
Download or stream it on Spotify, YouTube, Amazon, iTunes or CD Baby....or just visit our videos page on our site. We hope you enjoy it!

New Year, New Light 

We are very proud to present our newest single, New Year, New Light. The first release from our upcoming sophomore album, this track was produced by Nick Lutsko, includes music accompaniment by Nick and features Danimal Pinson on the lap steel guitar. 
Here are a few links to get you up-to-speed:
- Lyric Video on YouTube
- Press from Nooga.com
- Download on CD Baby
- Download on Amazon
- Download on iTunes
- Stream on Spotify
Please like, share, download, stream and spread the word to your friends...and most importantly, thank you for listening and supporting Magic Birds!

Back at it again! 

After months and months of constant touring, we took some much needed time off to spend quality time with our families. Now that our kids remember what we look like, we are back at it again with a slew of new shows. It all starts this Saturday 9/30 at The Rooftop Hop in downtown Chattanooga. And while you are here, please check out all of our upcoming shows. We hope to see your smiling face at a few of them! Oh, and we may even have a handful of new songs for you to hear.....

At Barking Legs we will be..... 

For our next 2 shows, we will find ourselves at one of our favorite Chattanooga venues; Barking Legs Theater. First, we are so excited that we were asked to be a part of Nathan Bell's CD Release Party on Sat 7/15. His new album Love>Fear (48 hours in traitorland) is out now and it is fantastic. Here's one of our favorite songs on the album, just to get you warmed up for the celebration: Raise Your Fist. Next, we will be back at Barking Legs on Sat 8/5 for another installation of our songwriters in the round showcase. This one is going to be a doozy, as we have some awesome Chattanooga area songwriters lined up for your listening pleasure. Check out the details here

We hope to see you out at our shows, and keep checking back to this site because we will be performing at some popular Chattanooga events in Sep & Oct and we should be announcing those very soon!

Playing tunes in the month of June.... 

We have a couple of great shows lined up for June.

First, we'll be performing on Wed 6/7 at Waterhouse Pavilion in downtown Chattanooga as part of Noon Tunes concert series. This is the 2nd year of Noon Tunes and we are honored to be selected to the lineup this year. And yes, the show is at noon....as in the middle of the day....so take your lunch break with us!

Next, we will be performing at Puckett's on Fri 6/16 for the first time, which we are very excited about. This will be right toward the end of the Riverbend stretch. If Riverbend isn't your thing, then come hang out with us. If you are at Riverbend, but tired and hungry, then come hang out with us. Either way, we'll be taking the stage at 9pm!

For more details about our upcoming dates, visit our shows page....and we hope to see you in the crowd!

April showers of shows! 

Ok....maybe only 3, but that is a lot for us in 1 month, and they are 3 shows that we are very excited about! 

First, we are opening for Aaron Lee Tasjan at JJ's Bohemia on Friday 4/7. If you haven't heard of him yet, you should check him out. His new album Silver Tears on New West Records is really good. Here's one of our favorites; Memphis Rain.

Then on Sat 4/22, we will be at Clyde's on Main for the first time, sharing the stage with our SC buddies, Josh Roberts & The Hinges. This band knows how to rock-n-roll....and they are some really good people too. Scott and Josh go way back, so expect some late night collaborations of some sort!

And finally, we are honored that we were asked to return to the National Cornbread Festival for a 2nd straight year. We are playing on Sat 4/29, so come hang out with us and do the cornbread sampling....it will all be worth it, trust us!

We hope to see you out at a show or 2...or 3!

Check out all of our upcoming shows here.

2017 update.... 

Yeah, we know...we've been a little quiet since the end of 2016. Well, we took a little time off during the winter months, but now we are back in the studio working on a new record, this time with our good buddy, the talented Mr. Nick Lutsko. We are excited for you to hear what we are creating together and we hope to have a teaser for you very soon! 

In the meantime, we have another exciting installment of our Scenic City Showcase coming back to Barking Legs Theater on Saturday 3/4. This is gonna be another great one, featuring more very talented songwriters from Chattanooga, and our first one on a Saturday night! Also, look for another show announcement soon for April....one we are very excited about as well....you'll know soon!

We hope to see you out and about!

Songwriters in the Round returns! 

We've had a blast hosting the Songwriters in the Round series this year from Scenic City Showcase, sharing the stage with some incredible Chattanooga musicians. We are excited to do this one more time before the year ends on Thursday, December 1, and this lineup is just as special as the others. Come see Magic Birds, along with Lon Eldridge, Marty & Matt Bohannon, Charles Allison and Courtney Holder in a stripped down setting, sharing stories behind some of our songs and performing in the intimate setting of Barking Legs Theater. See our SHOWS page for more details.

Previous events

Scenic City Showcase

Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Avenue, Chattanooga

Scenic City Showcase presents Songwriters in the Round

This will be the 4th installment of the Songwriters in the Round showcase, but the 1st one for 2017…and this time we are holding the festivities on a Saturday night! Come out and enjoy some of Chattanooga’s finest songwriters, as they tell stories about their songs and perform them live in a stripped-down fashion. And what better place to witness all of this but in the intimate setting of Barking Legs Theater.

The March 4th lineup includes:

Rick Rushing III - facebook.com/Rick-Rushing-the-Blues-Strangers-116484995072451

Johnny Balik - facebook.com/johnnybalikmusic

Mountain Creek House Fire - facebook.com/Mountain-Creek-House-Fire-392065080948880

Cardon Smith - cdbaby.com/cd/cardonsmith2

hosted by Magic Birds - facebook.com/wearemagicbirds

with art on display by J.W. Butts (mute0n) - mute0n.com - @mute0n

Doors at 7:30pm, Show at 8pm $10 at the door

Scenic City Showcase

Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Avenue, Chattanooga

In a continued effort to highlight some of the best musicians in the Chattanooga area, Scenic City Showcase is proud to present their third installment of the Songwriters in the Round series on Thursday, December 1. See some of your favorite Chattanooga artists in a stripped down setting, sharing stories behind some of their songs and performing in the intimate setting of Barking Legs Theater.

Lon Eldridge - Marty & Matt Bohannon - Charles Allison - Courtney Holder

Hosted by Magic Birds

Plus, local art on display by Leah Merigian!

Doors at 7pm - Show at 7:30pm $10 at the Door

Scenic City Showcase

Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Avenue, Chattanooga

Scenic City Showcase presents Songwriters in the Round, Chattanooga-Style, featuring

Danimal Pinson - Randy Steele (from Slim Pickins Bluegrass) - Konstantine Vlasis & Drew Streip (from Caney Creek Company) - D.L. Yancey II

Hosted by Magic Birds

After an overwhelming debut of the local singer-songwriters in the round performance from this past June, Scenic City Showcase returns to the intimate setting of Barking Legs on Thursday, September 15. Enjoy some of your favorite Chattanooga artists all on stage at the same time, taking turns talking about some of their original tunes and performing them live in a stripped down, acoustic fashion.

Doors at 7pm, Show at 7:30pm $10 at the door

Aug25

Rhett Miller w/ Magic Birds

Revelry Room, 41 Station Street, Chattanooga, TN

Rhett Miller is a pioneer of alt-country, leading the Old 97's for over 20 years. He is out on tour in support of his 2015 solo album, The Traveler, and we are very excited to be kicking off the night for him! This is also our first show at Revelry Room, so come hang out with us...

Doors at 8pm, show starts at 9pm.

Aug20

An Appalachian Jamboree

McGee's Irish Pub, 116 W Orr St, Anderson, SC

Magic Birds will make their way to Anderson, SC for the first time. We are pumped for this show....this is Scott's hometown and he actually used to play open mic nights here back in college when it was called Corbett McGee's!

This event will be outside and will feature 3 bands. Doors at 7pm, and Magic Birds takes the stage first at 7:30pm. Come out early and hang out with us!

$10 at the door

All American Summer Concert Series

Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View Street, Chattanooga, TN

Magic Birds is excited to be added to this year's All American Summer Concert Series at the Hunter Museum of American Art. We will performing at 6pm on the outdoor terrace stage overlooking the Tennessee River.

This is open to all for a special throwback Thursday price of $5 (which also allows you to view their special exhibit “Masters of the Golden Age: Harvey Dunn and His Students"). There will also be a cash bar available on terrace.

Throwback Thursday generously sponsored by Easy Auto.

Scenic City Showcase

Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Avenue, Chattanooga, TN

Scenic City Showcase presents

Songwriters in the Round, Chattanooga-Style featuring

Nick Lutsko - Ryan Oyer - The Goodbye Girls (Amber Fults & Hayley Graham) - T.J. Greever - Magic Birds

Enjoy some of your favorite local Chattanooga artists all on stage at the same time, taking turns talking about some of their original tunes and performing them live in a stripped down, acoustic fashion in the intimate setting of Barking Legs Theater.

Doors at 7pm, Show at 7:30pm - $10 at the door - www.barkinglegs.org

Amplify Decatur Music Festival

MARTA plaza on the downtown Decatur square, Decatur, GA

Magic Birds is excited to announce that we have been added to the lineup of this awesome music festival in downtown Decatur, GA.

The festival is free from Noon to 3pm, and Magic Birds will kick everything off with a 30 minute set at Noon.

Then, from 5pm-11pm the event will be gated and ticketed, and will include national acts like The Milk Carton Kids, Elephant Revival and Penny & Sparrow.

Every dollar raised at the Amplify Decatur Music Festival will be directed to Decatur Cooperative Ministry, which helps families facing homelessness settle into safe, stable homes and build healthy lives.

Magic Birds @ Road to Nightfall

The Granfalloon, 400 E Main Street, Chattanooga

Magic Birds is happy to announce that we've been chosen to compete in the 2016 Road to Nightfall! We will take the stage at 8:30pm on Thu 3/17 (2nd of 6 bands).

We've been working behind the scenes on adding a fuller sound to the band, so this will be the first live show where Scott Bruce and Ben Ezell will welcome Xavier Cotto (drums), Wil Markham (bass) and Randy Steele (electric guitar) to the mix.

Did we also mention this will be on St. Patty's Day? Come hang out with us....it should be lots of fun!

Sep4

Nightfall Concert Series

Miller Plaza, 850 Market St, Chattanooga, TN

Start your Labor Day weekend off right by joining us on Friday 9/4 for the final installment of the 2015 Nightfall Concert Series. Throwback Country artists The Malpass Brothers will headline the night, but not before Magic Birds begin the festivities at 7pm.

This is a free concert, and will take place at Miller Plaza in the heart of downtown Chattanooga.

FREE Age limit: All ages

A Scenic City Showcase

The Camp House, 149 E M L King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN

Magic Birds is proud to be a part of a local Chattanooga showcase that is featuring 3 other great bands from our area. A Scenic City Showcase will feature live music from The Mailboxes, Kip Bradley, Magic Birds and DL 2. 7pm / $7 at the door

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