La Terza Classe

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So, I know this sounds crazy, but these guys visited the US from Naples (not Florida...Italy) and met THE Jim Lauderdale while being broke down on the side of the road heading to Nashville.  Jim invited them to play a set with him at Music City Roots that same night, and the rest is history.  The story is so crazy they decided to make a film about it, which has been garnering international praise.  Oh, and they're going to play a show in Bluffton at the Roasting Room for you.

Their Bio (translated from Italian):

The Third Class was born in Naples in October 2012; the place of formation and affirmation of the project was the road, where the band began producing music and entertainment playing traditional songs and modern folk of the US: the bluegrass of Kentucky to Dixieland, or Early Jazz, of the Southern States, up to the songs from Jug Band, all combined to "theatricality" and expressiveness typical Neapolitan. The band self-released in 2013 a first album, "Ready to Sail", which has sold more than 2,000 copies thanks to constant and intense "live" activity in several continents.

In May 2016, her second work, "Folkshake" containing 8 tracks plus the new song; The project was carried out together with the publishing house "East of the Equator", and is distributed by Amazon, Spotify and iTunes. Over time The third class has got to seek and deepen the roots of the music they produce, which is why the group has performed in many European countries (Germany, France, Belgium, Holland) and especially in the United States where, in 2014, in 2015 and in 2016 he made three tours; has participated in many American radio broadcasts (Radio WDVX in Knoxville is one of them, within the schedule of the famous "Blue Plate Special") and had the honor of playing for three consecutive years on the TV show "Music City Roots" , in Nashville, as well as the famous Live Oak Music Festival, in the city of Austin, Texas. In 2015, moreover, the participation in the "Bluegrass Contest" in the city of Anderson, South Carolina, led the band to win the second place prize and the subsequent performance on the Main Stage of the "Boograss Bash Festival", with artists internationally recognized as the Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Rhonda Vincent and Flatt Lonesome.

Besides purely musical activity, The Third Class he got to participate in various television programs produced by Sky Art: "On the Road with Joe Bastianich" and "Photographers"; recent is the participation in "Italy's Got Talent". Some songs of the band were used in television programs: the new "Paulina" and a standard bluegrass version of the famous song "Rollin 'In My Sweet Baby's Arms" have been used by Sky Sports as a soundtrack for various commercials. The Third Class has also handled the musical presentation of the film "Alabama Monroe" in the southern Italian cinema, famous for a distribution company and produced a documentary called "Flat Tyre," which tells of the discovery and of the roots of folk in overseas travel by members of the band. The documentary, shot by Hugh of Fenza and edited by Paul Ielpo in Naples, is in competition for admission selections at the Film Festival in Venice.