May 23: Melanie Devaney at Hopmonk Novato

Singer and songwriter Melanie Devaney writes what she knows. The small-town talent from Epworth, Iowa, brought her guitar and expressive folk styling to Los Angeles in 2009, but she still looks to the pastures of her home on her latest solo release, Single Subject Notebook. The performer has come into her own on this third album, guiding the listener through relatable tales with a sound that expands on her folk rock with elements of Americana and pop. As part of her latest round of touring, Devaney makes two appearances in the North Bay when she plays on Friday, May 23, at the Pear (720 Main St., Napa; 6pm; 707.256.3900) and on Sunday, May 25, at Hopmonk Novato (224 Vintage Way, Novato;1pm; 415.892.6200).