Jimmy Ibbotson

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Jimmy Ibbotson
Birth name James Arvey Ibbotson
Born (1947-01-21) January 21, 1947 (age 70)
Genres Country, rock
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar, mandolin, electric bass, and more
Years active 1966–present
Labels Unami Records
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.[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 That's It. 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[8] Jimmy Ibbotson Unami Records
1999 That's It[9] 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[10] Jimmy Ibbotson
2007 Canyon Jimmy Ibbotson Jimmy Ibbotson

Album information from liner notes unless otherwise noted.

Non-album tracks[edit]

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.[11]