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
“Kyk nou die langpadRoep my nou maar weerDaar is genade en liefdeEn nog baie meerKyk nog ‘n somer alweer weggegaanEn al wat jy doen, ek sê maar niksLaat dit met jou goed gaanSien jou weer” – Sien jou Weer (JP Botha)
Today marks one whole year without you. We miss your wisdom, the way you laughed, the smell of your pipe, the solos that only you could play… Your Fender is silent now, but your music can still be heard in the houses of all who loved you dearly. Thank you to everyone for your love and support over the past year. The Hammer lives on in the memories you share.
“Bury me when the starsShine bright over ZanzibarThe moon can be the preacherAnd the tide can do the restYou don’t have to be perfectJust do your best” – Bury Me When (JP Botha)
- Donker Maan [4:28]
- Richmondstraat [4:24]
- Suitcase Vol Winter [4:22]
- Vandat Jy Weg Is [3:59]
- Blues Vir Louise [4:42]
- Stad Sonder Naam [3:58]
- Die Mamba [4:56]
- Goeienag Generaal [4:09]
- Man Met Kitaar [5:15]
- Staan Saam Burgers [3:40]
- Highway 13 [3:13]
- January’s Son [3:48]
- The Pilgrim [6:32]
- Welcome To Azania [4:27]
- Mr Midnight [3:41]
- Mozambique [4:12]
- Liberty [3:43]
- Fort Lauderdale [3:41]
- Sarajevo [4:47]
- The Fisherman [5:02]
2LP: 2019 Wolmer Records, 199753E
CD: not unreleased on CD
Buy at PietBotha.bio
See separate album releases
Songs were recorded at various studios across the country between 1985 – 2011
Limited edition, double LP, uniquely numbered, mixed specially for vinyl by Lanie van der Walt / Wolmer Records
It’s taken me a long time to truly assimilate this release. Ironically enough I know all the music on this compilation, but allow me to explain the importance of this particular release. Piet Botha passed away this year but left us with some of the grittiest, down-to-earth, soul searching music. The renegade son of a principled and extremely well-liked politician, Piet was one of the most amazingly talented local musicians ever to grace us with his presence, persona and was liked by all. His blues and pure rock in Jack Hammer was the mainstay and result of a life on the road, touring incessantly but always giving a piece of his heart away to fans, friends, roadies and music junkies and the music sung in English, and would not be out of place anywhere in the world. This is a double album with one record dedicated to material by Jack Hammer, and the other to his solo work. His solo work was generally performed in Afrikaans (his native tongue), but was equally rewarding and he regularly delivered the most incredible albums. He was a rocker, a husband, a father, a maverick, a beautiful soul with a powerful gravel-laden voice, a entertainer and the epitome of what humans can achieve when they channel all their creativity into their music. A belated tribute to our fallen son, not to be forgotten. Wolmer Records, 2019. Limited edition. Sleeves notes judiciously acknowledge all members of both incarnations. Even Billy Bob Thornton.
Wayne Roux, 2019
In light of the recent passing of a great father and teacher Piet Botha, some of his closest comrades got together to not only show their respect and admiration for this legend but also to honour an old friend in the only manner they knew how, by giving him a song.
Composed and arranged by Andre Kriel the track features the Jack Hammer band Johno, Tertius and Paul, together with Andre and Kobus from The Black Cat Bones, Arthur and Rudolph Dennis, Gareth Wilson and finally the Van Der Walt Brothers Lanie, Chris and Heine aka ‘The Wolmers’.
The Gauteng chapter of the collaboration was tracked and engineered in June 2019 by Lanie van der Walt at the famed ‘Wolmer Records’ in Pretoria North where Piet recorded most of his albums in both the Jack Hammer band as well as his solo offerings. Arthur and Rudi Dennis laid down their voices and guitar in Strand, Western Cape at Riku Lätti’s ‘Wasgoedlyn’ studios and the entire process was documented and edited into a live studio music video by the acclaimed Image Engineer’s Fred van Leeuwen.
Seems it’s time for us to part
But it’s not the end
Although it truly breaks my heart
Now the memories left behind
Are all that remains
So long for now
Till I see you again
Seems the world is moving on
But our time is spent
I can tell it won’t be long
And the road we travelled on
I now walk alone
But I’ll keep going till
It leads me home
We can’t live forever
No one ever will
But don’t you ever say never
Just keep pushing up that hill
I look back on all those years
And I try to pretend
I try to hold back all my tears
You have showed me many ways
Now you’re gone and I’m turning grey
You know it’s hard for me to say
I miss you today
We can’t live forever
No one ever will
But don’t you ever say never
Just keep pushing up that hill
You know we’re only passing by
We come and we go
Are we living on borrowed time?
Nobody really knows