Tagged: Piet Botha

From The Vaults: Jack Hammer at the Whammy Bar, 11th November 1999

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

Whammy Bar 11 November 1999

Whammy Bar 11 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’.

Please see the Original post

Please also see: South African Rock Legends: Piet Botha and Jack Hammer

Een hele jaar sonder jou | Facebook

Een hele jaar sonder jou. Ons mis jou wysheid, jou kenmerkende giggellag, die reuk van jou pyp, die solos wat net jy kon speel… Jou Fender is nou stil, maar jou musiek word nog kliphard gespeel in die huise van almal wat jou so lief gehad het.
Dankie aan almal vir julle liefde en ondersteuning die afgelope jaar. Die Hammer leef voort in die herinneringe wat julle deel. 🖤
“Kyk nou die langpad
Roep my nou maar weer
Daar is genade en liefde
En nog baie meer
Kyk nog ‘n somer alweer weggegaan
En al wat jy doen, ek sê maar niks
Laat dit met jou goed gaan
Sien 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 stars
Shine bright over Zanzibar
The moon can be the preacher
And the tide can do the rest
You don’t have to be perfect
Just do your best” – Bury Me When (JP Botha)

Piet Botha | Jack Hammer Double LP Now Available

Piet Botha Jack Hammer Double LP

Piet Botha Jack Hammer Double LP

Piet Botha | Jack Hammer

Piet Botha | Jack Hammer Double LP

Tracks:

  1. Donker Maan [4:28]
  2. Richmondstraat [4:24]
  3. Suitcase Vol Winter [4:22]
  4. Vandat Jy Weg Is [3:59]
  5. Blues Vir Louise [4:42]
  6. Stad Sonder Naam [3:58]
  7. Die Mamba [4:56]
  8. Goeienag Generaal [4:09]
  9. Man Met Kitaar [5:15]
  10. Staan Saam Burgers [3:40]
  11. Highway 13 [3:13]
  12. January’s Son [3:48]
  13. The Pilgrim [6:32]
  14. Welcome To Azania [4:27]
  15. Mr Midnight [3:41]
  16. Mozambique [4:12]
  17. Liberty [3:43]
  18. Fort Lauderdale [3:41]
  19. Sarajevo [4:47]
  20. The Fisherman [5:02]

Release Information:

2LP: 2019 Wolmer Records, 199753E
CD: not unreleased on CD

Buy at PietBotha.bio

Musicians:

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Comments:

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

Review:

Wayne Roux, 2019

Wayne Roux, 2019

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

 

Borrowed Time – A Tribute To Piet Botha

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.

Lyrics:

Old Friend
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

Old Friend
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

Old Friend
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
Old Friend

 

Ghosts Of Berlin by The Lyzyrd Kyngs

Written in Berlin in the Summer of 2013 by Piet Botha. Recorded in South Africa August 2014. Piet Botha on Vocals & Guitar, Arthur Dennis on Guitar. Rudolph Dennis on Drums and Vocals. Adrian John Graham on Bass. Recorded and produced by Peter Pearlson with Charl Wentzel assisting. Footage of their Tour with Freygang in East Berlin.

New Lyzyrd Kyngs album due November 2014.

Vagabond Show on All Jazz Radio, 13 June 2013 feat live interview with Piet Botha & Akkedis

Two hours of great blues on All Jazz Radio, featuring an interview with South African legends, Piet Botha (from Lyzyrd Kyngs & Jack Hammer) and Arthur & Rudi Dennis (from Akkedis & Lyzyrd Kyngs).

Interview starts at about 43 minutes.

 

Track list:
1 I’m A Blues Man by Magic Slim
2 Resessie Blues by Koos Kombuis
3 Got My Mojo Working by Crimson House Blues
4 Aus Liebe by Freygang Band
5 Suitcase Vol Winter by Piet Botha
6 When I Speak It’s Strange by Black Cat Bones
7 Frosty (1991 version) by Albert Collins
8 Too Old To Die Young by Brother Dege
9 Hold That Snake by Ry Cooder
10 Blue Shadows by The Blasters
11 Gypsy Boy by Lyzyrd Kyngs
12 Interview
13 Llandudno Blues #13 by Piet Botha & Jack Hammer
14 Blues Vir Louise by Piet Botha
15 Interview
16 Just Got Paid by ZZ Top
17 Street Of Love by Jack Hammer
18 Interview
19 Same Damn Blues by Lyzyrd Kyngs
20 Interview
21 Moan in Blues by Akkedis feat Albert Frost
22 Interview
23 Blues For Robert by Lyzyrd Kyngs
24 The Wasp (Texas Radio & The Big Beat) by The Doors
25 Interview
26 Morrison Hotel (TuksFM sessions version) by Jack Hammer
27 Interview
28 Eleven Churches by Jake Gunn
29 Interview
30 Mr. Midnight by Jack Hammer
31 The Way I See It by Johnathan Martin
32 Jumpin’ Jack Flash (live) by Johnny Winter

Sweet Soul Music – Piet Botha & Soweto String Quartet (Jam Sandwich)

Piet Botha - Jam Sandwich

Piet Botha – Jam Sandwich

Musical collaboration from Episode 2 of Season 3 of the award winning Jam Sandwich TV Show! Episode premiered 19 December 2012 at 22h00 on SABC 2.

Piet Botha & Soweto String Quartet got together to create the track Sweet Soul Music!