We are please to announce the following additions to the Bonnaroo 2005 lineup:

Bob Weir and Ratdog
Signal Path
Heartless Bastards
Josh Ritter

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Bob Weir and Ratdog:
There may never have been a band that has evolved more dramatically than Ratdog. It began as a laid-back blues ensemble in 1996, but now in 2005 it has become a snarling rock band that has a fabulous jazz trio at its heart. Of course, all those forms are simply different facets of Bob Weir's unruly musical personality. Ratdog's music represents Weir's complete repertoire, from blues like "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" and "Little Red Rooster" to the psychedelic stylings of his Grateful Dead classics like "Playing in the Band," "The Other One," and "Throwing Stones," to his own Dead rockers like "Cassidy," "One More Saturday Night," and "Sugar Magnolia," to some of his solo material, like "Josephine" and "Bombs Away."

Signal Path:
Coming from all over the country, the members of Signal Path have tapped into a fresh, new and unexplored genre of music that explores drum n' bass, house, trance, down tempo, and rare groove while keeping its traditional roots in jazz, funk and natural rhythm. Signal Path is defining "Livetronica" and has seen mass exposure with appearances at many festivals such as High Sierra Music Festival, Great Southern Music Harvest, Summer Camp, 10,000 Lakes Music Fest, Joshua Tree Festival and Wakarusa Festival.

Heartless Bastards:
Erika Wennerstrom and her older brother were raised by a single mom. She began singing as a young child, and by the age of nine, she started learning piano in order to write her own songs. At 22, Erika moved to Cincinnati and met Mike Lamping, who works at his family's janitorial supply company. They hooked up and began playing out as Heartless Bastards. Soon they brought in Kevin Vaughn on drums, a pizza deliveryman who's been wrestling out of a car finance program for so long that he's paid the sticker price several times over on a car long since wrecked. That's their story - nothing fancy, but everything real.

Josh Ritter:
Josh Ritter spent most of 2002 splitting his time between the US and Ireland, sharing bills with such eclectic artists as Beth Orton, Liz Phair, Damien Rice, and Joan Baez, as well as a celebrated appearance at the 2002 Newport Folk Festival. In the process, he garnered impressive acclaim not only for his debut album Golden Age of Radio but also for his richly textured and intimately engaging live shows. Publications like The Village Voice, The Washington Post, and The Irish Times scrambled to describe what made Josh's music so "stunning." Sold-out shows in New York, Boston, and Dublin, as well as a trip to the Sundance Film Festival kicked off 2003 in style. This spring, Josh will enter the studio with producer Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine) to create the follow up with Hello Starling. To be recorded at Bear Creek studios and at Deck's own Engine Studios in Chicago, the album is scheduled for a late 2005 release.

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[Published on: 4/6/05]

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