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!

Previous events

Sep15

Magic Birds at Slick's

Slick's Burgers, 309 E Main St, Chattanooga

We are excited to be playing at Slick's for the first time. Here's hoping the weather is great so we can play on the outdoor stage and take advantage of their awesome patio experience. Did we mention how delicious their burgers are? Come grab dinner and let us serenade you into the night!

Sep14

Randy Steele & Magic Birds at The BUS Bar

The BUS Bar and Grill, 522 Highway 64, Ocoee

We'll be back in Ocoee for a performance at The BUS Bar with our good buddy Randy Steele! Randy just released an excellent EP called Moccasin Bender, so come prepared to hear some new tunes, along with some old Slim Pickins favorites. We cannot wait to share the stage with him, back in his old stomping grounds. Magic Birds will get this night started with music kicking off at 9pm. Come have some fun with us!

Jul28

Ocoee River Jam

Ocoee River Jam, 599 US Hwy 64, Ocoee

We are headed up to Ocoee, TN for our first performance in the area and we could not be more excited that it will be at the Ocoee River Jam! Besides providing a full weekend of excellent live music, this annual signature music festival has a dedicated purpose of raising overall awareness of the many unique features found within the region, encouraging community participation, increasing tourism revenues, and supporting local artisans of diverse genres, with proceeds from the event distributed to local area youth organizations and youth related programs. The festival kicks off on Friday night, so go ahead and make a full weekend of it. Magic Birds will be a part of the Saturday festivities, but check out the entire lineup at ocoeeriverjam.com. We hope to see you there!

Jul4

The 9th Annual Jefferson Heights 4th of July Spectacular

Jefferson Heights, Chattanooga, TN

We are exciting to be performing at The 9th Annual Jefferson Heights 4th of July Spectacular! Our talented friend Amber Fults will get things started around 5:30pm and we will go on at about 7pm. It should be an awesome day of celebration with some great friends and fireworks!

Jun8

Nick Lutsko & The Gimmix + Magic Birds

JJ's Bohemia, 231 E MLKing Blvd, Chattanooga

We are excited to be opening the show for our friends in Nick Lutsko & The Gimmix at JJ's Bohemia, Chattanooga's best venue for late night live music! It's a Friday night so there is really no reason to miss this extravaganza!!

Scenic City Showcase

Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Avenue, Chattanooga

Scenic City Showcase presents Songwriters in the Round, featuring:

Mark "Porkchop" Holder & MPH - www.markporkchopholdermph.com

Rye Baby - www.ryebaby.bandcamp.com

Ashley Hicks & Matt Shigekawa (from Ashley and the X's) - www.ashleyandthexs.net

hosted by: Magic Birds www.wearemagicbirds.com

Scenic City Showcase returns for another installment of the Songwriters in the Round showcase, featuring some of the Chattanooga area's finest songwriters. With a stacked and diverse lineup for Saturday, February 3rd, come enjoy all of these artists on stage together, as they take turns sharing stories about their songs and performing them live in a stripped-down fashion....all of this in the intimate setting of Barking Legs Theater.

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

Oct11

Head for the Hills w/ Magic Birds

Revelry Room, 41 Station Street, Chattanooga, TN

We are pumped to be headed back to the Revelry Room for another show, this time opening for the Colorado-based post-modern bluegrass outfit Head for the Hills. Tickets are $10 advance, $12 day of show. The doors are at 8pm, and the show starts at 9pm!

Oct11

Music Wednesdays w/ the Chattanooga Times Free Press

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Chattanooga Public Library, 1001 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN

We are excited to be playing on Facebook live via the Chattanooga Times Free Press and their Music Wednesdays music series. It will air live on their Facebook page (facebook.com/timesfreepress) at noon Eastern, but it will be available to view afterwards in case you miss the live version.

Oct7

Wine Over Water

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Walnut Street Bridge, 1 Walnut Street, Chattanooga, TN

We are honored to be asked to perform this year at one of Chattanooga's best outdoor events, and we cannot wait for the festivities!

Wine Over Water is Tennessee's premier wine-tasting festival. You can sample wines from over 100 world wineries while you stroll the historic Walnut Street Bridge, enjoying food from local restaurants and music from talented regional musicians.

Learn more about the event on their website: www.wineoverwater.org

Sep30

The Rooftop Hop

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CitiPark Garage, 807 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga, TN

We are returning to The Rooftop Hop and we are very excited to be back! Magic Birds will be performing on the rooftop of the CitiPark Garage.

This is a special downtown Chattanooga event that benefits green|spaces, who promotes sustainable living, working & building in the Chattanooga area, The Rooftop Hop celebrates their accomplishments while showcasing why it is important for us to continue to preserve our natural resources!

Tickets to this year's event include:

  • Access to 5 Exclusive Rooftop Parties
  • All inclusive food, beverages & entertainment!

Also, only 300 tickets will be sold, and the event sold out last year. Visit the event website to find out more about the event and the cause: www.therooftophop.com

Scenic City Showcase

Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Avenue, Chattanooga

Scenic City Showcase presents Songwriters in the Round, featuring:

Nathan Bell - www.nathanbellmusic.com

Drakeford - www.drakefordmusic.com

Sweet G.A. Brown - www.sweetgabrown.bandcamp.com

Christopher Gehrke - www.facebook.com/BrokeDownHound

hosted by Magic Birds - www.wearemagicbirds.com

with art on display by Morgan Koch - www.instagram.com/shut_eye_

Scenic City Showcase returns for another installment of the Songwriters in the Round showcase, featuring some of the Chattanooga area's finest songwriters. With a stacked and diverse lineup for Saturday, August 5th, come enjoy all of these artists on stage together, as they take turns telling stories about their songs and performing them live in a stripped-down fashion....all of this in the intimate setting of Barking Legs Theater.

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

Jul15

Nathan Bell CD Release Party

Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Avenue, Chattanooga

We are beyond thrilled that we were asked to open up the night at Nathan Bell's CD Release Party! His new album "Love>Fear (48 hours in traitorland)" is out now and this will be his Chattanooga celebration. We'll start things off with a set at 8pm and then get prepared to be entertained by an outstanding singer-songwriter in Mr. Nathan Bell.

Jun16

Magic Birds @ Puckett's Chattanooga

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Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant, 2 W Aquarium Way, Chattanooga, TN

We're taking the stage at Puckett's for the first time, and we couldn't be more excited! Riverbend will be getting ready to wind down, so you will definitely need to take a break, grab some dinner and hang out with us for a while. We hope to see you there...

Visit http://puckettsgro.com/chattanooga/events/ for more information.

Jun7

Magic Birds @ Noon Tunes

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Waterhouse Pavilion @ Miller Plaza, 850 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN

We will be performing as a part of the 2nd annual Noon Tunes concert series in downtown Chattanooga! This is a 3 month summer concert series that happens each Wednesday at noon, and we are so glad that we were asked to join the festivities this year. Grab your lunch at any of the area restaurants around Miller Plaza and come hang out with Magic Birds for an hour on Wed 6/7 at noon!

Visit www.millerplazachattanooga.com/miller-plaza for more information.

Apr29

Magic Birds @ National Cornbread Festival

National Cornbread Festival, 221 S Cedar Ave, South Pittsburg, TN

We are pleased to announce that we will be performing at the 21st annual National Cornbread Festival! We had a blast last year and we cannot wait to get back. We will be playing at the Gazebo stage at 2pm on Saturday 4/29 (that's 1pm Central time).

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