|Birth name||James Arvey Ibbotson|
|Born||January 21, 1947|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, musician|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, mandolin, electric bass, and more|
|Associated acts||Nitty Gritty Dirt Band|
James Arvey "Jimmy" 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.
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 That's It. 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||That's 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|
|2007||Canyon||Jimmy Ibbotson||Jimmy Ibbotson|
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.