john dendy

It's not everyday you see a guy perform original songs solo on upright bass.  John Dendy is a killer songwriter and captivating performer.  He plays bass in a bunch of bands, but songwriting and solo performance are his true art.  He cites Tom Waits, John Prine, Lucinda Williams, and Louis Armstrong as influences.  John takes care of his songs like good people take care of their dogs.  With love and discipline.

Dendy is the engine and primary songwriter of Tombigbee, who released their self-titled album in 2015.  His first release was I Got Lucky in 2005.

cottonwood club

Cottonwood Club is a string jazz and standards band.  They perform Django-style jazz, swing, standards, and an increasing stable of originals.  Cottonwood Club is Greg Hayes - guitar, Victor Daniel - mandolin, Luke Michelson - violin/trumpet, Claire Pichette - vocals, and John Dendy - upright bass.

Cottonwood Club is hosted by On Broadway in Helena the first Wednesday of every month.

Los Marvelitos

Los Marvelitos present Montana-grown original & traditional songs with Latin instrumentation. The resulting style combines borderland corridos and tropical cumbias with southern soul and pirate jazz. A hint of hypnosis creates the atmosphere of a clandestined polka party, some place far from where you ought to be.  Garret Smith - bajo quinto/vocals, Justin Ringsak - trumpet/mandolin, Greg Hayes - electric guitar, John Dendy - bass/vocals.  Los Marvelitos are often joined by Las Percussionistas, Erin Smith and Claire Pichette.


Tombigbee released their self-titled album of original songs in October, 2015.  Tombigbee was Zach Owen - banjo, Karen Newlon - violin, and John Dendy - upright bass, harmonica, and vocal.  Tombigbee no longer performs as a trio; Dendy and Newlon play a few shows a year as a duo.

The State Champions

The State Champions are Aaron Parrett's band.  Aaron writes all kinds of things, including good country songs.  The Champs play old-time country, along with Aaron's songs.  John plays bass and sings harmony in this one, and Jon Flynn plays dobro.