Southern Rock drew from the heavy blues-rock of the late '60s as well as honky tonk and Bakersfield country, creating a distinctive fusion. Throughout the early '70s, Southern rock bands formed a major part of the American hard rock band. The first Southern rock band was the Allman Brothers, who elaborated on the improvisational tendencies and loudness of Cream and the Grateful Dead while staying closer to rock & roll's blues and country roots. They were followed shortly afterward by Lynyrd Skynyrd, who played heavier and louder than the Allman Brothers; in the process, they set the template for all the Southern rock bands that followed them. Skynyrd had three lead guitarists, so they naturally indulged themselves in long jams.