Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines. Gaines could write, sing, definitely play. They cowrote together for Street Survivor and Gaines sang Ain't No Good Life. If you ever heard his solo album One in the Sun, he was a force on his own, without Skynyrd. It doesn't sound like Van Zant was threatened. You just need to be confident in what you bring to the table and the possibilities of what can be done together.