Influences on The BandMembers of The Band identify a diverse set of influences, including Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Ray Charles, Cannonball Adderly, Miles Davis, and Roy Buchanan.
Influenced by The BandThe Band has always been appreciated better by critics and other musicians than by the general public. The Grateful Dead and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young acknowledged their ties to the music of The Band. Eric Clapton suggested that Music from Big Pink contributed to his decision to leave Cream. Some bands, such as Counting Crows and Drive-By Truckers, have dedicated songs to the dead members of The Band, Rick Danko and Richard Manuel.