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|James Arvey Ibbotson|
|Born||January 21, 1947|
|Singer, songwriter, musician|
|Instruments||Vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, bass, keyboards, synthesizer, drums, percussion|
|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. 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.
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. 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".
In May 2009, the Highland Ranch Herald reported Ibbotson was working on new material and performing locally.
|1977||Nitty Gritty Ibbotson||Jimmy Ibbotson||First American|
|1991||Wild Jimbos||Wild Jimbos||MCA Records|
|1993||Wild Jimbos Two||Wild Jimbos||Resounding Records|
|1998||Ibbinet Companion#1.5||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||Jimmy Ibbotson||Unami Records|
|2007||Canyon||Jimmy Ibbotson||Unami Records|
Album information from liner notes unless otherwise noted.
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.
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.