City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP
City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP

Best up-and-coming local band or musician

This was a showdown between the top two artists, who both had some motivated fans. Unhindered and Rhonda Thomas accounted for more than 76 percent of the votes cast, but in the end, Christian rockers Unhindered emerged with a few hundred more votes than soul-jazz vocalist Thomas.

And since we had six picks from readers — due to a tie during the nomination process — we thought it was only fair to have six staff picks.


Unhindered. Photo: David Molnar Photography (

Unhindered. Photo: David Molnar Photography (

1) Unhindered

You say, “The next Third Day.”

2) Rhonda Thomas

3) Wayde Powell

4)  Anthony David

5) (tie) Jaspects

5) (tie) Tealights


The Constellations. Photo: Bradley Occhipinti

The Constellations. Photo: Bradley Occhipinti

1)      The Constellations

We say, “This is what Atlanta sounds like, if you put all of our city’s musical ingredients into a big funky blender. It’s soulful, psychedelic, hook-filled and, as the band’s debut album puts it, “Southern Gothic.” You’ll be hearing more from this Atlanta supergroup, because the Constellations recently signed with Virgin Records.

2)  All the Saints

3)  Anthony David

4)  Noot d’Noot

5)  Gentleman Jesse and His Men

6)  Gringo Star

42 comments Add your comment


September 21st, 2009
1:52 pm

Jake,solo performer,plays at Java Lords on Tuesdays.He’s pretty good.


September 21st, 2009
4:24 pm

I saw the Tealights perform in Marietta. They were really good. I dont know if they are Atlanta native though …


September 21st, 2009
7:18 pm

Jaspects….The perfect blend of jazz and hip-hop.


September 22nd, 2009
1:19 pm

Unhindered – the next Third Day


September 22nd, 2009
2:51 pm

While they have had some great success this year, the Zac Brown Band still isn’t widely enough known. They get my vote.


September 22nd, 2009
2:52 pm

The Constellations are amazing!

500 fan

September 22nd, 2009
2:59 pm

The up and coming girls band, 500. They are a young, talented group made up of two fourteen year olds, a 12 year old and an 11year old. They rock!!!


September 22nd, 2009
3:23 pm

Jimmy Jim

September 22nd, 2009
4:11 pm

where’d my comment go! i voted for tealights and the coathangers?!?


September 22nd, 2009
4:19 pm

Rhonda Thomas…a vocal powerhouse. Jaspects are good too, but as overall entertainers.


September 22nd, 2009
5:35 pm

Wayde Powell III. He can play ANYTHING! He is the most talented and awesome musician I have ever heard. He plays bluegrass, jazz, country, southern rock, gospel, and is writing a symphony for the Gainesville SO. He plays and tours with Honi Deaton and Dream, and has done some work with Brian Litrell of the Backstreet Boys fame. Amazing talent!


September 23rd, 2009
9:23 am

Wayde Powell – played with Runaway Coal Train at Peachtree Tavern several years ago. Plays with Honi Deaton now. Can play guitar, banjo, bass, dobro – you name it.


September 23rd, 2009
1:03 pm

Winter Ransom is the best local rock band around Atlanta. Brilliant songs that get in your head and move your body! The members show dynamic range. They capture the many textured splendor of the sounds roaming inside their heads and expand them for us. Thanks boys! By the way look for them Oct. 8 2009. Look them up on facebook or myspace – come and see for yourself!


September 23rd, 2009
2:44 pm

UNCROWNED…… great band, just signed a record deal, in the studio right now for first national CD release.These guys rock!


September 23rd, 2009
3:23 pm

Tendaberry — having the most fun I’ve seen in a while from an Atlanta band. Familiar, yet novel. Costello meets Gang of Four meets the Smiths!


September 24th, 2009
7:37 am

Kelsey Davis!! ROCK THE MACHINE! -W


September 24th, 2009
7:49 am

Josh Derosa Dead Rabbit

~Ashley Joy~

September 24th, 2009
7:58 am

Janelle Monae
Anthony David


September 24th, 2009
8:42 am

My fav local band ever;) RATL (Rockin ATLanta)If you love Rock and Roll, you have to see this band live! They play the best classic and modern rock.


September 24th, 2009
8:47 am


September 24th, 2009
9:19 am

Anthony David (R&B)
Ben Deignan & Suburban Soul (Pop)
Rio Negro (Latin Jazz)

trouble funk

September 24th, 2009
9:19 am

Anthony David

local guy

September 24th, 2009
9:41 am

Giant Lion – a young band from Decatur that is starting to pick up steam. Not sure how to categorize them – experimental folk, hippie, country mix, but it works.


September 24th, 2009
9:58 am

Wade Powell – best musician ever


September 24th, 2009
10:26 am

Vonnegutt is without a doubt one of the best up-and-coming bands around not only Atlanta but the state of Georgia. Their sound is a cross-genre mix of Hip-Hop,Electronica and Pop. They are Signed to Big Boi (half of Outkast) label Purple Ribbon Entertainment. They often work with producer Simon Illa.


September 24th, 2009
10:46 am

Entropy Funk, without a doubt. check them out at: Funky is as Funky Does . . . ..


September 24th, 2009
11:28 am

a young sister group, i think they are called chloe and halle. they can really blow.


September 24th, 2009
2:23 pm

I don’t guess Sugarland is up-and-coming anymore. What about Confederate Railroad?


September 24th, 2009
3:30 pm

A band called Candi Ray….. out of Stone Mountain. They have awesome original songs. Dynamic vocals, drums, bass and guitar !!!! Go Candi Ray !!! Much SUCCESS !!!!


September 24th, 2009
6:02 pm

Wayde Powell. There is no one better.


September 24th, 2009
8:54 pm

At a college concert I saw Wayde Powell play the piano and the banjo, at the same time. I have been in awe of talent since.


September 25th, 2009
12:32 am

Original Rock? Six Shot Revival – they put on an awesome show


September 25th, 2009
7:40 am

Thomas Tillman


September 25th, 2009
8:56 am


September 25th, 2009
9:51 am

It’s Elephant’s!!!!!


September 25th, 2009
12:23 pm

daysahead!! they rocked piedmont park this summer! awesome!


September 25th, 2009
12:24 pm

and yes my girl rhonda thomas!


September 25th, 2009
7:12 pm

The best Atlanta band is Blair Crimmins & the Hookers by far!! Check out their MYSPACE for a taste of talent…


September 26th, 2009
1:05 pm

Blackberry Smoke takes Southern Rock to a whole nother level! Cleaverly worded songs which are more than a little trashy reveal stories of love and woe. Great male vocal harmonies and tight instrumentations make this band one to watch. They have toured with Syknyrd and ZZ Top.


September 26th, 2009
7:08 pm

Wayde Powell with the Honi Deaton Band is the most amazing musician I have ever seen. If it has strings-he can make it scream for help. I have traveled from Tennessee, North Georgia to Alabama to watch him play and if you haven’t seen him are really missing out! If you can catch a glimpse of him somewhere playing the Lapsteel, you will be in a trance.


September 27th, 2009
11:33 am

Bob Gomes

September 27th, 2009
3:28 pm

Y-O-U or Yacht Rock Revue!!!!