The year was 1987 and Piet Botha had just brought out his first album. Little did he know that his path would one day cross with a wild-haired musician who, at this time, was still in his diapers. Jake Gunn was 18 when he heard Piet’s music for the first time. The album ‘Die Hits‘ had converted the young Gunn to a life-long Piet Botha disciple and played an instrumental role in Gunn’s musical development. After years of following his idol’s tours in the Western Cape, becoming his self-appointed road manager and his driver, Piet eventually appointed Jacques Groenewald as an official Jack Hammer member. Jake will be joining Johnathan Martin, Tertius du Plessis and Paul van de Waal on stage at A Piet Botha Tribute on Friday 20 August to pay tribute to The Hammer.
The engine room of music is the rhythm section and these two are the soul of the Jack Hammer band: Paul ‘The Duke’ Van de Waal & Tertius ‘Bean’ du Plessis.
Tertius first saw Jack Hammer at Cherry Too? in the late 80’s “het geskeem dis heavy cool…” A few years later he met Piet Botha when he was working at Mainline Music (Wildebeest Records) and his band opened for Jack Hammer and the rest is history…
“Volgende bel Piet my, Ons het ‘n nuwe bass player nodig, wil jy jol?”Ek sal kom vir ‘n audition, sê ek toe.”Wil jy jol of nie? Ek het jou mos klaar hoor speel…” tune Hammer toe.”Tertius du Plessis
So daar klap Bean nou al 20 odd jaar diksnaar saam met Jack Hammer.
Paul van de Waal had just moved into a new house and was painting the inside of the lounge on a Saturday afternoon, sometime in 1995. He met Andy, who was playing for Jack Hammer a few weeks earlier and they had exchanged numbers.
“He gave me a call on that Saturday because he was double booked and was supposed to play for Jack Hammer and a blues band in JHB that evening. Andy asked if I would do one of the gigs for him and because I had played for the blues band before, he asked me if I wanted to take that gig. When I heard that the other band was Jack Hammer I decided to take that one instead, even though I had never even been to a Jack Hammer gig before.”Paul van der Waal
The gig was at Crossroads blues bar in the Tramshed Centre in Pretoria where Paul had played for a few years with the blues band Jo Blu & Risky Business. He met Piet, Lanie and the Deacon (Lowell Jeffery) for the first time on stage while they were setting up for the gig.
“The gig went unbelievably well and it felt like we had been playing together for years.”Paul van der Waal
They played to a packed crowd into the early hours of the morning. Piet asked him to join the band that night and the 20 year journey began.
“Looking back, I could never have predicted how things have turned out and I’m grateful that Piet asked me to join the band and to be part of the musical family of the Jack Hammer band.”Paul van der Waal
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Piet Botha‘s right-hand Johnathan Martin has been a part of Jack Hammer since 1996. ‘For Annette‘ was the first song that these two collaborated on and ‘Liberty’ was the first of many songs Piet and Johnno wrote together in the 2 decades they spent touring the country performing over 3000 shows and recording 11 albums to date. Johnathan will be flying down with The Jack Hammer band to pay tribute to The Hammer on Friday 20 August at The Daisy Jones Bar at OMG.
“Back in 1995 I was a fan of Jack Hammer and used to go to shows in Sunny Side. After Lanie vd Walt left in ’96 my mother passed away in a car wreck and at the funeral Piet asked me to join the band. My first tour was in Feb of ’97 and we toured from then on non-stop, doing 250 shows a year, at least! The first album I worked on with Piet was the classic ”n Suitcase Vol Winter’ album’ and I’ve been grateful to Piet ever since for giving me all these opportunities!!!”Johnathan Martin
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Today [18th July] would have been Piet’s 66th birthday. To celebrate this legend of a man The Daisy Jones Bar at OMG has a special event planned for August. The Jack Hammer band will be flying down to Cape Town to pay tribute to The Hammer, the legend Piet Botha. Joining them on the night are Piet’s long-time brothers of the highway, Akkedis Band, honorary 4th Jack Hammer band member Jake Gunn and a special appearance by Jeandré Swanepoel.
Tickets are limited so get them online now to join us for this special evening – https://qkt.io/RS1OWH
There will be merch on sale as well as an exhibition of portraits.
When: Friday 20 August
Time: Doors open at 5pm
Showtime to be announced closer to the time, depending on curfew.
Event link – https://www.facebook.com/events/1212297022564866/
Food and drinks available at the venue.
No mask, no entry.
Covid-19 regulations to be adhered to.
Photo by Hein Waschefort
Piet Botha’s three daughters have put together an exhibition to remember and honour the rock legend who toured the highways and byways of South Africa for 30+ years. There will be 17 pieces from various photographers and artists on display, including Lien Botha, Hein Waschefort, Jo Splice and Neels Venter. The pieces range from portraits of Piet, to lyric pieces and paintings. Merchandise such as postcards, t-shirts and albums will also be on sale.We invite you to come and experience how different artists have captured The Hammer’s iconic spirit.
Opening night: 24 February, 6-9pm
Exhibition will be live until 10 March 2021 at the Jan Blohm Fine Art Gallery in Michau Street, Strand, Western Cape. For all the other fans not in the Western Cape you can view the pieces online at www.janblohmart.co.za and place your order until 18 July 2021, Piet’s Birthday. In memory of The Hammer’s altruistic nature, a percentage of the profits will be donated to two charities: Join Bands, Not Gangs, a registered NPO from Cape Town that uses donated instruments to start programs that can help at-risk youth avoid joining gangs by staying constructively busy, and the Feed Malongane Initiative that sustains families in Piet’s beloved Mozambique.
For Piet Botha & Jack Hammer, the month of December always involved touring “coast to coast and up and down that crazy road…” This year, they’re still bringing their music to the fans, in the form of 13 Towns (The Journey Continues) double live album.
Even better, Vol. 1 + 2 can also be purchased in CD format from Johnathan Martin, Bean, Duke or Jake Gunn.
If you are in the Helderberg area you can also go grab yourself a copy at the Soul Café in Strand.
- Blues Jam
- Lovesick (Bob Dylan cover)
- Hurt (Nine Inch Nails / Johnny Cash cover)
- Sien Jou Weer
- Suitcase Vol Winter
- Die Brief
- That’s How We Roll
- Heroes (David Bowie cover)
- All Along The Watchtower (Bob Dylan / Jimi Hendrix cover)
Recorded live on the road between 2017 and 2019.
Recorded and mixed by Paul van de Waal, and mastered by Lanie van der Walt (Wolmer Records).
- Piet Botha: Vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano
- Johnathan Martin: Vocals, guitar
- Tertius du Plessis: Bass
- Paul vd Waal: Drums
- Jake Gunn (Jacques Groenewald): guitar, vocals
- Gerry Robinson: Acoustic guitar
Download: Vonk Musiek, 22 December 2020
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- PIET BOTHA
- Piet Botha: ‘n Suitcase Vol Winter
- Piet Botha: Jan Skopgraaf
- Piet Botha & Jack Hammer: Bootleg
- Piet Botha: Die Hits
- Piet Botha: Die Mamba
- Piet Botha & Jack Hammer: Live At The Nile
- Piet Botha: Spookpsalms
- Piet Botha: Die Middernagtrein
- Piet Botha | Jack Hammer Double LP
- Piet Botha & Jack Hammer: 13 Towns
- Piet Botha & Jack Hammer: 13 Towns, Vol 2
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.
DIE ALBUM WORD OP 18 JULIE BEKENDGESTEL OP ALLE DIGITALE PLATFORMS
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