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Jack Hammer Piet Botha

"Highway's got my number, yet she keeps calling..."

November 2004 marked the 20th anniversary of the band known as Jack Hammer. This South African band has always stayed true to its original brand of Rock and Roll, and has toured and recorded over the years, never seeking the limelight but always playing their hearts out.

Jack Hammer is more than just a band - it is a roundabout of musicians. A collective that over the years has included amongst its members American Oscar-winning actor Billy Bob Thornton, McCully Workshop keyboard wizard Rupert Mellor, Kwaito master producer Gabi le Roux, Not My Dog guitarist Lanie vd Walt, prog-rocker Kenny Henson, Blues Broer Simon Orange, saxophonist supremo Mike Faure, and many, many others. As band roadie Hendry Jackson (who is immortalized in the song 'Laat Die Wiele Rol') said, "I have seen many Jacks, so to speak, come and go in my time, I tell you."

Fiercely independent, they have somehow survived the strange machinery that is the SA music industry and produced some sterling original albums over the years. Since their first performance way back in 1984 the one constant factor in the band has been the man affectionately known as "The Hammer", Piet Botha. Read more »»

-- Brian Currin, May 2005

Current Line-up:
  • Piet "Hammer" Botha: Vocals, guitars, organ, piano, harmonica
  • Johnathan "The Kid" Martin: Vocals, guitars, cello (on 'The Pilgrim')
  • Tonie van der Walt: guitars, vocals (on tour)
  • Tertius "Bean" du Plessis: Bass
  • Paul "Duke" van de Waal: Drums
Spotlight tracks:
  • Tribal Fence
  • Headlines
  • G8
  • Rock Steady
Download Jack Hammer mp3s from MWeb.
  Recommended listening  
  The Pilgrim, released April 2005 - buy this CD online from One World
Jack Hammer - The Pilgrim One of the finest rock albums to come out of this country in years is Jack Hammer's "The Pilgrim". A landmark album for the perennial blues rockers, "The Pilgrim" is right on the money: production, songs and performance all come together to make one of my fave albums of the moment. Take a listen to "Headlines", "G8" and Piet Botha's stunning interpretation of the Freedom's Children gem "Tribal fence" ... a must for any true blue rock fan!
-- Benjy Mudie, Rock of Ages, May 2005
Piet Botha - Live and Rare
Piet Botha - Live And Rare This exclusive Piet Botha mp3-only album, compiled by Brian Currin, is available to download at This unique artist-approved release includes rare and unreleased tracks from 'The Pilgrim' sessions including a demo version of 'Headlines'.
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