Jimmy Ibbotson

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Jimmy Ibbotson
GenresCountry, rock
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, mandolin, electric bass, and more
Years active1966-present
LabelsUnami Records
Associated actsNitty Gritty Dirt Band
 
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Jimmy Ibbotson
GenresCountry, rock
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, mandolin, electric bass, and more
Years active1966-present
LabelsUnami Records
Associated actsNitty Gritty Dirt Band

Jimmy Ibbotson 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.

Career[edit]

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]

Discography[edit]

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Albums[edit]

YearAlbumArtistLabel
1977Nitty Gritty IbbotsonJimmy IbbotsonFirst American
1991Wild JimbosWild JimbosMCA Records
1993 [8]Wild Jimbos TwoWild JimbosResounding Records
1998Ibbinet Companion#1.5 [9]Jimmy IbbotsonUnami Records
1999That's It [10]Jimmy IbbotsonUnami Records
2000Stories & SongsJohn McEuen and Jimmy IbbotsonPlanetary Records
2000Women & WavesJimmy IbbotsonUnami Records Woody Creek
2001Nitty Gritty SurroundJohn McEuen and Jimmy IbbotsonAIX Records
2001Hummingbirds of the AmericasJimmy IbbotsonFlying Dog Records
2004Intent On ContentmentJimmy IbbotsonUnami Records
2005Daylight [11]Jimmy Ibbotson
2007CanyonJimmy IbbotsonJimmy Ibbotson

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.[12]

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