BIG red flag


Big Red Flag is a six piece, all acoustic outfit in central Arkansas that plays original Ragtime Gypsy Grass. Our high-energy, eclectic music with irreverent lyrics is designed to entertain, compel and cure your whatever ails ya! Our focus is mainly on our own original music, which draws on a wide variety of influences such as Old World Eastern European traditionals, Irish drinking songs, waltzes, tangos, polkas, Latin jazz, and a fair nod to Tom Waits, Gogol Bordello, Scott Joplin and the Pogues. If you like the Dead South, Goddamn Gallows, Black Eyed Vermillion, Devil Makes Three and similar bands, then you’ll likely dig what we’re doing.


Dean Bridgeman @ Vocals, Guitar, song maker-upper

Gordon Allison @ Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Accordion, song maker-upper

Nick Matson @ Piano, Accordion, Melodica, Backing Vocals

Bruce Hulsey @ Acoustic Bass

Paul Shell @ Percussion, backing vocals

Preston Tackett @ banjo, backing vocals


For booking and inquiries contact Dean Bridgeman



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Three singles from our upcoming full release, Monkeyshine!



July 12th
Four Quarter Bar
With Urban Pioneers

July 19th
Black Apple Crossing
Springdale, AR
8pm-10pm~ No cover!

July 20th
Fayetteville, AR

August 23rd
Markham Street Grill
Little Rock, AR

August 30th
Smoke & Barrel
Fayetteville, AR

Sept 13th
Four Quarter Bar
Argenta, NLR
10 pm/ $7 at the door

December 13th
Smoke & Barrel
Fayetteville, AR
W/ Trashcan Bandits


Here's what the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase judges had to say about our performance at Sitckyz~ 

Arkansas Times_Feb 14th_2019
Big Red Flag: "This six-piece is making sounds that nobody else in town is really making: "ragtime gypsy grass" with mandolin, vocal trade-offs, accordion and unusual percussion, carefully chosen to provide variety and texture to the songs."

From our judges:

"It was a fascinating blend of music.....a fun, creative sound that made me want to tap my foot and move around." 

"Nice to hear such a variety of instruments. A fun carnival ride of sounds."  

Review from kindred musician Jamie Lou of the Hullabaloo~
Jamie Lou ConnollyOctober 20, 2018

"OH MAN, Big Red Flag is incredible. Don’t sleep on this band, book them at your venue, festival, whatever just DO IT. I have not been impressed by a band in a while and I really needed that last night guys, thank you."