After a decade away from music, cult singer/songwriter David Berman returned with Purple Mountains, a project that deepened and refined the witty and profound country-rock of his previous band, the Silver Jews. On 2019's Purple Mountains, he wove his personal losses into songs informed by the larger traditions of country songwriting, making for some of the most direct yet idiosyncratic music under any of his guises. Born in Williamsburg, Virginia, Berman lived in Reston until his parents divorced when he was seven years old. With his mother living in her hometown of Wooster, Ohio, and his dad working as a lobbyist in Dallas, Berman attended high school in nearby Addison. In 1989, he formed the Silver Jews with guitarist/singer Stephen Malkmus and drummer Bob Nastanovich, a pair of former University of Virginia classmates who had played ...
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