Big Bus Dreams was produced and recorded by Mike Shannon, Chick Tsikouras and Jamie Hoover (Spongetones, Smithereens & Hootie and the Blowfish).
In 2000, Mike Shannon wrote, played and sang on the first release by 4th Ward who worked out of Charlotte, NC.
"The album of the day. Imaginative and well crafted", wrote Dominick Miserandino of Celebrity Cafe. Creative Loafing's Tim Davis referred to the group's tunes as being "original without trying to be trendy."
Shortly after that release, Chick Tsikouras joined 4th Ward and co-wrote and recorded with Mike on their 2002 release Wonderland. 4th Ward played throughout the region - opening for Hootie and the Blowfish and Angie Aparo.
Mike & Chick spent 2005 working on new material, a new direction and name, Big Bus Dream. 2005 was also spent in the studio with Jamie Hoover (Spongetones, Smithereens & Hootie and the Blowfish.) The debut, self-titled release is being released on the new independent label, 4th Ward records.
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