Keys: Benjamin Franklin
He's totally the gearhead of this band and he basically invented the glass harmonica so I think he could handle this. Also, he discovered electricity so he's a badass. He was a crazy man – the sort of guy you want in a band.
Guitar: Thomas Jefferson
I'd like Thomas Jefferson on lead guitar. He was a tall, elegant, good-looking guy which many lead guitarists tend to be. He'd provide the eye candy. Plus the Declaration of Independence was quite a document; I always think of it as a guitar solo. I reckon he'd be great.
Drums: Richard III
I've been reading a lot about him recently after they found his remains in that car park. I think it's very probable that he was an amazing drummer.
Second guitar: Emily Dickinson
I'd have her on guitar but I'd hope that she would write most of the lyrics as well. I like her poetry very much.
Vocals: Edgar Allan Poe
I think he probably had a hell of a voice and he's got that emo thing going on which a lot of people love. He can be all brooding on stage. I reckon he'd get along with Richard III but they'd probably have a tense relationship like vocalists and drummers so often do.
Josh Ritter's new album, 'The Beast in Its Tracks', is out now. He plays London's Village Underground on 23-24 July (joshritter.com)