Greenville, Mississippi native Jamison Hollister is a super talented multi-instrumentalist who plays pedal steel, fiddle, mandolin, dobro, and guitar. He spent quite a bit of time in Oxford where he was often seen in the bands Dickey Do & The Don’ts as well as Jimbo Mathus‘ band. In 2012, he moved to Los Angeles, where he quickly earned a name for himself after appearing on the television shows American Idol and The Voice.
From there, he has gone on to perform, record, and tour with incredible well-known artists including Dwight Yoakam, Dolly Parton, John Fogerty, Blake Shelton, Charlie Worsham, Brandy Clark, Utkarsh Ambudkar, and Levi Kreiss.
But his first big break in the music industry came after getting a call to join Lisa Marie Presley‘s band, an opportunity he was “beyond excited” to receive. Joining Lisa Marie’s band was the first proper tour he ever went on.
Unfortunately, on Thursday, January 12, 2023, the 54 year old only daughter of Elvis Presley went into cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead.
That evening, Hollister penned an emotional and beautiful tribute to his “Boss Lady” on Facebook.
“I want to take a moment to talk about Lisa Marie Presley and the person she was to me,” Hollister wrote.
“From the moment I first met her, she was nothing but kind, generous and wonderful to me. She invited the band into her home and made us all sandwiches. She always took us out after a show or any time we were together to go for drinks or dinner. I never saw a bill.”
“She took us to her favorite pub in the English countryside. We danced together at a NYC bar after a show. In Tokyo, we sang karaoke after a show.”
“She always asked me questions about my life and my family. When my extended family came to a show, she was ever the gracious hostess. She always went out of her way to be kind toward me and the band and crew. She treated us well. She treated us like family.”-
“This is the story that you need to know. In the ever crazy music business, sometimes schedules get crossed. When she found out that me and McGhee had moved our wedding date to accommodate her tour, she was both horrified and grateful. She then proceeded to offer us a stay (of any length of time) at her home in Hawaii and would fly us there for our honeymoon. Because of her, we were able to have the honeymoon that dreams are made of, and she took care of the whole thing.”
“That’s the story you need to know about Lisa. Goodbye boss lady, my friend.”