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!

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.

Back to the Mill! 

We had the pleasure of performing at Ketner’s Mill Country Arts Fair last year and we are proud that we have been asked to come back this year. If you haven't been before, you should check out this festival. It is a lot of fun for the entire family and the setting is one of a kind. See their website at www.ketnersmill.org.

We are performing at 2pm Eastern on Saturday, Oct 15th. We will be at the tent stage inside the fair, near the big food barn. Get there earlier in the day for our buddy Ryan Oyer, and stay after us to see our friends in Caney Creek Company. Should be a fun day!

Putting on your hopping shoes! 

The Rooftop Hop is happening in Chattanooga this Saturday 9/24 and Magic Birds will be performing all night long on the roof of our good friends from RootsRated. This is the 5th annual Hop, put on by the fine folks at green | spaces. There is still time to snatch a ticket, so go do that and then hop on over to RootsRated and hang out with us!

Previous events

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

Jun27

Man Xpo

First Tennessee Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd, Chattanooga, TN

Magic Birds is very excited to join the lineup on the 2nd Annual Man Xpo. This event is free to the public and and includes fun activities throughout the entire day at the First TN Pavilion and Finley Stadium. We will share the stage with Danimal Pinson, Kip Bradley, Roger Alan Wade and Broke Down Hound!

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