So I've found that the best music for me to listen to when I'm writing is dramatic, symphonic, instrumental-type stuff. Kinda soundtracky, but not usually so heavily orchestrated, 'cause the Wall of Strings effect gives me hives. Stuff like Explosions in the Sky, Thee Silver Mt Zion, Godspeed you black emperor, Danny Elfman, Mogwai, Tortoise.
And I'm also on kind of a classic country kick. Merle Haggard, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Marty Robbins. And of course Miss Dolly Parton and Miss Loretta Lynn. (Don't come home a-drinkin' with lovin' on your mind, unless I was out a-drinkin' with you, in which case I've probably already got lovin' on my mind too.)
So what else is out there that I should be listening to? Ideas are welcome, but I must warn you that if you suggest Carrie Underwood, I will be forced to hunt you down and cut off your ears. 'Cause you obviously weren't using them anyway.