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Lisa Dewey is an American shoegaze, alternative rock and dream pop singer-songwriter and musician.

Dewey is best known for her unique musical style and her personal lyrics. She also is an author, runs a record label, has been involved with films, and been an active supporter of many causes.

Recording artist

Through all of Dewey's incarnations, she has consistently been a recording and performing musician.

Early career:

Lisa graduated with a degree in Music from San Jose State University in 1994. That year, she also began her recording career. Her first recording was a self-entitled album released in 1994. She began playing live shows in 1990.

Lola Cuki:

Dewey's second album was Lola CUKI. Lola CUKI means Lola's Sweet Shop in Hungarian. The cover photo was taken in Hungary in 1997. The album was distributed by K Records in Olympia, Washington. The album featured Stephanie Steele on drums, Chris Fifield on lead guitar, sounds, and lap steel, Michaela Guiterrez on cello and Rich Thomas on editing, mixing and production.

In 1999, Dewey opened for Love and Rockets and Linda Perry.

Weather-Changer Girl:

Lisa followed up Lola Cuki with the album Weather Changer Girl. Simon Raymonde from Cocteau Twins was a guest performer and worked on the mixing of the album. Other performers included Sheldon Ferguson and Terese Taylor on lead guitar, Christy Greenwood on drums, bass and percussion, and original bass tracks by Christine Harrington. Lisa also worked with David Mantle on mixing and production.

During this time, the Silicon Valley Metro named Dewey the area's sexiest artist.


Dewey went back to the studio in 2003 to record Busk with her band, the Lotus Life. The band included Keith St. Thomas on guitar and Paul Zimmerman on bass, both formerly of Mute Angst Envy and Jon Burns of Andalusia on drums. The majority of the recording was done in her Kitchen Whore studio in San Jose. Dewey then returned to London to finish recording, mixing and production with Raymonde and Martin Lascelles . Busk includes guest performances by Jackie Perez-Gratz from Amber Asylum on the cello, Michael Steele of The Bangles playing bass and Simon Raymonde performing bass and other instruments.

Lisa and her band toured up and down the West Coast in support of the album. She also did a solo acoustic tour on the East Coast at that time. Burns left the band in 2004 and John Testani of Shovelhead got behind the drum kit. Touring proceeded again up and down the West Coast. For some shows, Jess Dowd provided additional lead guitar.

On Halloween 2004, Dewey played drums with Mute Angst Envy at the Tokyo Dark Castle event in San Francisco.

In 2008 Lisa was one of two selected artists to exclusively perform at The L Word Season 5 Premiere and Official Cast Party in Hollywood that benefited the HRC. She also toured with Wayne Hussey, Miles Hunt, and Erica Nockalls.

In 2009 Lisa worked in the studio with the legendary drummer Budgie from Siouxsie and The Banshees and The Creatures.

Lisa co-wrote "Stars are Crazy" with Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac on his 2011 solo album Seeds We Sow. The song is also featured on the DVD "Lindsey Buckingham: Songs from the Small Machine - Live in L.A." This song was inspired by Lisa's song "With You On My Mind" from her "Busk" album.

Producer and label owner

Dewey is the owner of Kitchen Whore Records, an independent music label. She began the label in 1997. She has released albums by Bethany Curve, Marc Moreland, Mute Angst Envy, Kelsi Arnold, and others. The name was inspired by working in the kitchen at a health food store.

Dewey has also been booking bands into several Bay Area venues since the early 1990s and has been heavily involved with the annual Left Coast Live festival in San Jose, California.

Film career

Dewey has performed as an actress in two feature films:

Some Prefer Cake (1998),

And Then Came Lola (2009),

She also worked as a composer on Raised by Drag Queens (2002). Her songs have been in the movies 'How the Day Begins (1998), 3 Days... 3 Hours... 3 Minutes... 3 seconds (1999) and Intentions (2003).


Dewey authored the book Spank, published by Fifth Planet Press. The book is described as "a book of poetry, prose, one-liners and a recipe. Inspired by love and heartbreak."


Dewey and her band have played several benefit shows over the years for Aris Project, MACLA, The Works Gallery, HRC, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and The Billy DeFrank Community Center.

Dewey has been supportive of the LGBT community and often performs at Pride festivals across California.