La Terza Classe was born in Naples in October 2012; the street were the place where the project formed and had its first achievements, and where the band started to produce music and shows playing traditional and modern American folk songs: from Bluegrass to Dixieland, also called Early Jazz, up to Jug Band songs, combining each one of the styles with typical Neapolitan “theatricality”.
In 2013 the band made a first LP, “Ready to Sail”, which sold more than 2000 copies thanks to the intense and constant live performances n several countries. In May 2016 the second studio work came out, “Folkshake”, which included 8 new tracks and one original song; this work was realized together with “Ad Est dell’Equatore” publishing house, and is distributed on Amazon, Spotify and iTunes.
Over the years La Terza Classe has had the chance to continue studying the roots of the music they play and for this reason the band has performed in many European countries (Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands) and especially in the United States , which they toured in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017; the band has been featured on many American radio shows (one of them being the famous “Blue Plate Special” , live on WDVX radio in Knoxville) and had the honor of playing for four years in a row at “Music City Roots” in Nashville,TN, as well as in the well known Live Oak Music Festival, in Austin,TX and on the stage of the famous “Bluegrass Underground”.
In 2015 the band participated at the “Bluegrass Contest” in the town of Anderson, S.C., and won second place and had the opportunity to perform on the Main Stage of the “Boograss Bash Festival”, together with internationally recognized artists like Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Rhonda Vincent and Flatt Lonesome. Along with its music activity, La Terza Classe has had the chance to feature in several television programs produced by Sky Arte: “On the Road with Joe Bastianich” and “Fotografi”; it has also recently been featured on the 2016 edition of “Italy’s got Talent”.
Some songs of the band have been used on several television programs: the original tune “Paulina” and a cover of the famous bluegrass standard “Rollin’ in my sweet baby’s arms” have been used by Sky Sport as a soundtrack for some commercials. La Terza Classe has also performed for the openings of the movie “A broken Circle Breakdown”, distributed by a well-known distribution company in many theatres in the south of Italy, and has produced a documentary “Flat Tyre – An American Music Dream”, whichshows the story of the first trip to the USA that led the band to discover the roots of American folk music. The documentary, directed by Ugo di Fenza and edited by Paolo Ielpo, won the 2016 edition of the Napoli Film Festival and the jury’s special mention at the Salento International Film Festival 2017.