I think you nailed it on the head. This is also why I can always come back to the Dan. Their music is complex and original enough to always sound interesting to me.
Believe or not, good is music being written today. It's just not played on mainstream radio. The album Rich Man Falling by Simon McBride is a very good ("Down By The River," "So Much Love To Give," and "DC" are favorite tunes on the album). The album entitled Coming Up For Air by Davy Knowles is also excellent (I like "Hear Me Lord," "Tear Down The Walls," and "Taste Of Danger").