The title of this mix is inspired by a series of EP’s and CD’s released by Deep Purple.
The release of Piet Botha & Jack Hammer’s ‘13 Towns‘ live album on the 18th July 2020, was the inspiration for this mix which includes a few live songs, some recent releases and a bunch of rare tracks.
— Brian Currin
1. Suitcase Vol Winter (live at Oppikoppi 1998) – Piet Botha & Jack Hammer
2. Highway To The Sun – Jack Hammer
3. Lupatlana – Jack Hammer
4. Riders On The Storm – Gordon’s Suitcase feat Piet Botha
5. Die Heks Is Dood (Strab Colab version) – Piet Botha feat Pedro Barbosa & Jakes Wulana
6. Gypsy’s Lament – Tidal Waves feat Piet Botha
7. Russian & Chips (The Kid He Came From Nazareth) (live 1981) – Wildebeest
8. Blues Vir Louise (live at High Street Theatre 2000) – Piet Botha
9. Wheel Of Fortune – Raven
10. Gister se Somer – Gabi le Roux with Piet Botha
11. Peace, Love, Dove – Trip feat Piet Botha
12. Bok En Spring (early demo version of Slagtersnek) – Piet Botha
13. Far Far Away – Jack Hammer
14. Kitchener – Piet Botha
15. Eerbaar – Piet Botha
16. Still You Stay – Jack Hammer
17. Reno, Gauteng – Kabous Verwoed feat Piet Botha
18. Morrison Hotel (live 2017-2019) – Piet Botha & Jack Hammer
19. Me and Paul (live 2017-2019) – Piet Botha & Jack Hammer
20. Bossies – Wildebeest
21. Goeienag Generaal (live at 5FM Radio 1999) – Piet Botha & Jack Hammer
“I cannot remember
places that I’ve been
I got lost forever
out on Highway 13
but I’m not complaining
by now that road belongs to me”
– Highway 13 (Jack Hammer)
Throughout his 45 years as a musician, Piet Botha (the Hammer) always felt most at home on the road. Along with his long-standing Jack Hammer bandmates – Johnathan Martin (the Kid), Tertius du Plessis (Bean), and Paul van de Waal (Duke) – he toured across the country to play for a range of audiences, performing anywhere from major music festivals to small town theatres.
Between 2017 and 2019, Duke started recording many of these gigs, which led to the idea of releasing a double album recorded ‘live on the road’ to share some of the magic. The nature of the gigs ranged from mellow acoustic sessions to raucous full electric performances. Along with the regular line-up, the band was often joined by Jake Gunn (Jacques Groenewald) from Cape Town, as well as Gerry Robinson – all part of the Jack Hammer family.
During this period, Piet developed “trigger finger” and couldn’t play guitar, resulting in valuable recordings of Piet’s unique style of piano playing. According to Duke: “In all the years that we played together, it was rare for Piet to play the piano at gigs before this happened. The sounds of piano and acoustic guitar, with bass and drums, playing songs originally recorded on electric guitar, give these recordings a special feel.”
It was Piet’s wish to name the album 13 Towns, reflecting both his love of the road and the number 13, which appears in many of his songs. On 18 July, what would have been Piet’s 65th birthday, the Jack Hammer band and his daughters are pleased to share the first 13 songs of this album online, with the release of the physical double album planned for later this year.
Recorded and mixed by Paul van de Waal, and mastered by Lanie van der Walt (Wolmer Records), the album features both Afrikaans and English songs, carefully selected by the band. As Duke explains: “We wanted to include some songs on the album that were never recorded but were often played at gigs – like ‘Me and Paul’ by Willie Nelson – as well as some classic Jack Hammer songs that were last recorded many years ago, like ‘The Fisherman’. 13 Towns is like a gig, a gig played over a few years at many venues, but brought together like a live show.”
We hope 13 Towns will give fans the chance to once again experience a Piet Botha & Jack Hammer gig live.
THE ALBUM WILL BE LAUNCHED ON ALL STREAMING PLATFORMS ON 18 JULY 2020
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Jack Hammer stel nuwe album bekend vir Piet Botha se 65ste verjaarsdag
“Hier gaan ons alweer
op daai middernagtrein
kry my in Johannesburg
dan kry ek jou in Bloemfontein”
– Die Middernagtrein (J.P. Botha)
Gedurende sy 45 jaar as musikant, was Piet Botha altyd op sy gelukkigste op die langpad. Saam met die Jack Hammer band – Johnathan Martin (the Kid), Tertius du Plessis (Bean) en Paul van de Waal (Duke) – het hy die land platgetoer, met optredes by groot musiekfeeste sowel as teaters op klein dorpies.
Tussen 2017 en 2019 is baie van hierdie optredes deur Duke opgeneem, van intieme akoestiese aande tot vol elektriese optredes, met verskynings deur die nuutste Jack Hammer lid Jake Gunn (Jacques Groenewald), sowel as ou vriend Gerry Robinson. Die band het mettertyd die idee gekry om hierdie opnames met aanhangers te deel, in die vorm van ‘n dubbel album wat live op die langpad opgeneem is.
Dit was Piet se wens om die album 13 Towns te noem, sy gunsteling nommer wat in vele van sy lirieke opduik. Op 18 Julie, Piet se 65ste verjaarsdag, deel die Jack Hammer band en sy dogters die eerste 13 snitte van hierdie album aanlyn, met die plan om die fisieke dubbel album later die jaar vry te stel.
Die album is opgeneem en gemeng deur Paul van de Waal, en gemeester deur Lanie van der Walt (Wolmer Records). Dit bevat beide Afrikaanse en Engelse liedjies, uitgekies deur die band. Baie van hierdie opnames stel Piet se unieke klavierspel ten toon, aangesien hy vir ‘n ruk lank nie kitaar kon speel nie. Volgens Duke was dit baie skaars vir Piet om klavier te speel by gigs, wat dié opnames ‘n spesiale atmosfeer gee.
Duke som 13 Towns as volg op: “13 Towns is like a gig, a gig played over a few years at many venues, but brought together like a live show.” Ons hoop dit bied aanhangers die geleentheid om weereens ‘n Piet Botha & Jack Hammer gig live te ervaar.
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This was when I first met Piet Botha and Johnathan Martin (that is the correct spelling for Johnathan, I found out years later!). Piet often used to say that I put them on the internet before they even knew what the internet was!
— Brian Currin, 10th July 2020
from SA Rock Digest, Issue #39, 21st November 1999
Piet Botha’s famed blues-rock band is releasing a retrospective of their 4 albums on a new compilation CD early in December. Titled simply “Anthology” this CD will include 4 or 5 new songs plus a new re-recording of the classic ‘Fort Lauderdale’ alongside tracks from all 4 previous albums.
Those of you who were lucky enough to see Piet Botha on his recent “Skopgraaf” tour would have heard a couple of the new tracks, including ‘April’.
Piet Botha, Jonathan Martin and Tertius du Plessis wowed the enthusiastic audience at the Whammy Bar in Cape Town recently. Their set included Piet Botha solo songs, Jack Hammer tracks and some covers including a stunning version of Zeppelin’s ‘Tangerine’ and Bob Dylan’s ‘All Along The Watchtower’.
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Please also see: South African Rock Legends: Piet Botha and Jack Hammer
Moonshine productions in association with STRAB presents:
Otterlake Easter Festival 2015
Gauteng’s premier music festival The Otterlake Easter festival is back and bigger than ever this coming Easter!
Enjoy 3 days of live music, performed by South-Africa’s top artists, in the serene bush-veld surroundings of Kameelfontein, north east of Roodeplaat Dam, less than 40kms from Pretoria’s center. Come and swim in our lake or pool, fish, camp, laugh and experience the magic for the long-weekend! The festival is ‘kiddie friendly’- children’s play area with jumping castles etc. and swimming pool. Free entrance for children under 12 (bring ID’s). Not only will you enjoy an experience of a lifetime; you’ll be contributing to a very worthy cause, as proceeds of ticket sales will be donated to Unite Against Poaching and help protect our country’s precious rhinos.
For the thirsty the festival has two main bars and a beer garden, for the hungry there will be a variety of tasty food stalls. Weekend Camping, clean toilets and hot shower facilities available. Other facilities include a mobile ATM, curio stalls and wood for sale.
An extra highlight on Saturday eve will be Otterlake’s Easter Fire Celebration – a 10 meter high bonfire, an old European tradition, which symbolizes the bringing of people in from the darkness and into the light.
Live music starts daily from 12h00 until 24h00 Friday to Sunday.
Gates for the event will open daily from 10h00.
Day visitors also welcome.
This year’s lineup includes:
Piet Botha, Francois van Coke, The Black Cat Bones, Akkedis (CPT), Tidal Waves, Jaco vd Merwe (Bittereinder), Naming James, The Fake Leather Blues Band, Gareth Wilson, Meesh-Mash, Avade (KZN), Feed The Wolf, Bacchus Nel, Crystal Park, Hoot ‘n Anny Band, Pedro Barbosa, Mountain Thief, The Pirates, Hardball, Monkeys in Boots, Yaki Naude, Tuin, Donovan Bourne, Franco Jamneck…more to be announced!
♬ Strictly No Cooler-boxes in music arena area
♬ No glasses or bottles in music arena
♬ No Drugs
♬ No Weapons
♬ No Pets
♬ No Bad Attitudes
♬ Right of Admission Reserved
Recorded in the winter of 2013 in Knysna at Peace Of Eden recording Studio’s, South Africa. All proceeds from the song will be donated to Anti-Fracking, Wiki Leaks.
The line-up featured in this TV special appears to be:
Piet Botha: bass, keyboards, harmonica
Colin Pratley: drums, vocals, acoustic guitar
Boet Farber: lead guitar
Paul van Eeden: acoustic guitar
Interviewed by Carike Kuezenkamp on Kraaines (SABC TV) probably in 1982 or thereabouts.