Interesting...never heard that particular piece of the debate.
You know that Van Zandt (with a "D") and Neil were very close friends right? The supposed feud was an artistic one and one that didn't exist in reality, although it propelled Skynrd to fame....lol.
Those 2 songs spurred all kinds of southern tunes....off the top of my head, Gator Country by Hatchet (slams Skynrd directly), Southern Boy by Charlie Daniels, the Outlaws, 38 Special, Marshall Tucker, The Allman Bros ad nauseum.....I love the old southern rock and find it entertaining how these dudes all banter it back and forth.
I like Gator Country the best....
"Gypsy told my fortune...she said that nothin showed...."
Neil Young....Like An Inca