Jimmy Ibbotson
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Jimmy Ibbotson

Jimmy Ibbotson
James Arvey Ibbotson
Born (1947-01-21) January 21, 1947 (age 72)
GenresCountry, rock
Singer, songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, bass, keyboards, synthesizer, drums, percussion
LabelsUnami Records
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

James Arvey Ibbotson (born January 21, 1947) is an American musician who is best known as a longtime member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. He has also released albums as a solo artist, as a member of the Wild Jimbos, and with John McEuen.


In 1965, Ibbotson was a member of a folk trio known as The Wharf Rats, on Long Beach Island, New Jersey. During his time at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana in 1966, Ibbotson was a member of the band "The Collegiates". He left college in 1967 and headed to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. Ibbotson was a member of the Evergreen Blueshoes in 1969, alongside future Byrds musician Skip Battin.[1] After spending a number of years with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, as well as being a solo artist, Ibbotson joined the Wild Jimbos in the early 1990s.[2]

In 1998 Ibbotson released Ibbinet Companion#1.5. He was writing a weekly column for his website, telling stories about his adventures on the road, living in Colorado, trying to stop smoking, and general philosophies on life. He wanted to release the songs that he wrote around that time as an audio companion to his Internet stories. He sang and played guitar and mandolin.[3][4] One year later, Ibbotson released This Is It with Tracy McLain. He wrote three songs on this album, "Mrs. Hiss's House", "Another Daddy", and "I Was a Fool".[5]

In May 2009, the Highland Ranch Herald reported Ibbotson was working on new material and performing locally.[6]



Year Album Artist Label
1977 Nitty Gritty Ibbotson Jimmy Ibbotson First American
1991 Wild Jimbos Wild Jimbos MCA Records
1993[7] Wild Jimbos Two Wild Jimbos Resounding Records
1998 Ibbinet Companion#1.5[4] Jimmy Ibbotson Unami Records
1999 This Is It Jimmy Ibbotson Unami Records
2000 Stories & Songs John McEuen and Jimmy Ibbotson Planetary Records
2000 Women & Waves Jimmy Ibbotson Unami Records Woody Creek
2001 Nitty Gritty Surround John McEuen and Jimmy Ibbotson AIX Records
2001 Hummingbirds of the Americas Jimmy Ibbotson Flying Dog Records
2004 Intent on Contentment Jimmy Ibbotson Unami Records
2005 Daylight[8] Jimmy Ibbotson Unami Records
2007 Canyon Jimmy Ibbotson Unami Records

Album information from liner notes unless otherwise noted.

Non-album tracks

The "Ballad of the Monon Bell" celebrates the annual football game between DePauw and Wabash College, a rivalry which dates back to 1890 and awards the winner the prized railroad bell. Jimmy Ibbotson, a 1969 graduate of DePauw, recorded The Ballad of the Monon Bell. The song can be downloaded for free from the DePauw website.[9]

Put the Wet Stuff on the Red Stuff DVD

In 2004 the Aspen Fire Protection District produced this 48-minute documentary on the history of the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department. The AVFD traces its roots back to the silver boom days in Aspen. In 1881 the town devoted $200.00 to provide a fire department. Written by Ben Gagnon, narrated by Jimmy Ibbotson, and produced by Darryl Grob, this film provides a glimpse into this extraordinary organization.[10]


  1. ^ "B". Badcatrecords.com. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ Ratts, Jim and Salli. "Runaway Express". Runawayexpress.com. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "Jimmy Ibbotson - Internet Companion". Coultergraphics.com. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 19, 2011. Retrieved 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 19, 2011. Retrieved 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 7, 2012. Retrieved 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Jim Salestrom - Albums & Tracks". Jimsalestrom.com. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 14, 2012. Retrieved 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Ballad of the Monon Bell is Recorded in Nashville - DePauw University". Depauw.edu. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ "Our History - Aspen Fire Protection District". Aspenfire.com. Retrieved 2018.

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