The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band have a soft connection to Colorado coming through the ski town of Aspen where after a short period of inactivity, the band reformed and lived for a time. The line-up during their Aspen stay included Les Thompson (bass), Jim Fadden (acoustic Guitar), Jeff Hanna (rhythm guitar), Jimmy Ibbotson (guitar) and John McEuen (banjo).
This proved to be a very strong line-up and the result was their classic LP – “Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy” from 1970 and the accompanying single “Mr. Bojangles” which peaked at number 9 and was their biggest hit record. The LP also contained two additional charting singles which would be released on United Artists “House at Pooh Corner” and “Some of Shelly’s Blues”. From Aspen it was onto Nashville and points beyond. The group joined a long list of famous musicians who recorded at the Caribou Ranch studio outside of Netherland, Colorado.
Members of the band would settle in various locations in the Colorado mountains for a time including Golden, Evergreen and Aspen. Over time – as was the custom with migrating musicians, band members would depart the State – with only Jimmy Ibbotson staying on.