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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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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- 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
The Jack Hammer line-up featuring on Handful Of Rain has endured over the years, with Piet Botha (guitars, keys, harmonica, vocals), Johnathan Martin (guitars, vocals), Tertius du Plessis (bass) and Paul van de Waal (drums). The album also features guest artists Arthur Dennis (guitars, vocals) and Rudolph Dennis (drums, guest vocals) from Akkedis/Lyzyrd Kyngs. Piet Botha’s harmonica is present throughout the album, and the style is familiar, lingering long after, like a renegade’s signature tune in an old western.
The timbre in Piet Botha’s singing is full of longing and resistance. In the title track, he sings “Here I go again on a lonesome highway / A handful of rain and empty heart”, with Johnathan Martin, ‘The Kid’, by his side, harmonising, singing the same words. Cut from the same cloth. “That’s How We Roll” echoes Neil Young, “me, I got nothing / just this old guitar”; a song about this brotherhood of musicians defying the Man, choosing the road over the rat race with its fitting rock ‘n roll chorus.The haunting cover of Four Jacks and Jill’s “Master Jack”, a song about choosing solitude over society, flows into the album’s theme: “no hard feelings if I never come back.” Delving into the songwriting is a melancholy joy, and each listen reveals new meanings and interpretations. Is a song like “When the Moon Was Young” a love song first, a protest song second? Piet Botha gently contends,“They think they can own her / but even a fool knows / the moon belongs to lovers…”
The hair-raising harmonies of “Emily” and “Where Is the Clown” remind us why Jack Hammer are at their best when Piet Botha and Johnathan Martin come together. Not only do they whistle the same tune when it comes to existing and creating outside of the mainstream, but their musical accord completes Jack Hammer. Handful of Rain can best be summed up in “Sweet Soul Music”, Piet Botha’s collaboration with the Soweto String Quartet: violins, harmonica and electric guitars join on a song about rivers turning into seas, about songs turning our solitude into a universe of connected souls: “Keep the music in your heart / You will never walk alone.”
Released January 2016
- Where Is The Clown
- Handful Of Rain
- That’s How We Roll
- When The Moon Was Young
- Deep Blue Sea
- Master Jack
- Sweet Soul Music
- When The Morning Comes