Mike Shannon and Big Bus Dream’s journey has always been about climbing the steps up the Big Bus, striving for something greater. This is Big Bus Dream. And Big Bus Dream, like 4th Ward before, has always been about the distinctiveness of the song, the hook, the colors. He repeatedly is told by fans that when they hear his tunes, they immediately know it is him, his sound. This is what original music should be about – an original style and voice: “The sound is original without being trendy”, writes Creative Loafing. Music Dish/Muses Muse adds, “Big Bus Dream is a thinker’s vacation.” This is Big Bus Dream.
4thward’s 2000 self-titled release debuted #20 on the National CMJ Top 200 charts. Celebrity Cafe awarded the release, “Album of the day!”. The group spent 4 years playing the circuit opening for the likes of Angie Aparo, Hootie and The Blowfish before regrouping as Big Bus Dream.
Big Bus Dream’s 2006 self-titled debut earned Editor’s Pick by CD Baby and 8 of 10 stars by Americana UK, as well as topping the main European music site charts. Several tracks found their way onto MTV’s Pimp My Ride, Breaking Amish, as well as film (MY life as Abraham Lincoln) and TV (WBTV documentaries). The Jesters of Xmas Town (2008) continued the band’s songwriting and recording success:
Absolute Power Pop wrote, “This is one bus you’ll want to catch.”
The Charlotte Observer added, “nearly perfect, 3.5 out of 4 stars.”
Octavematch.com observed, “Shannon’s a dead ringer for Mr. E (Eels) himself…”
The 2017 My Dream My Fantasy release has been called: “one of the top 3 albums of 2017”, Exclusive Magazine.
Big Bus Dream is currently in the studio working on some new magic with a targeted early 2021 release. Big Bus Dream is on radio rotation with the track “Jones Is In The House”.