Piet Botha started this long and illustrious career back in 1972, a true rock ‘n roller at heart, Botha is probably one of the finest guitarists this country has ever produced. His early influences and inspiration was found from the likes of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix and many of the rock legends of the 1960’s and 1970’s.
In 1984 he founded the Blues Rock group Jack Hammer. During the 1990s Jack Hammer opened for Deep Purple and Uriah Heep on their “Masters of Rock” tour and were also privileged to be the supporting act for ZZ Top on their South African tour.
Botha was one of the first musicians inducted into the SA Rock Hall Of Fame in January 2002. On the 6th May 2006 Piet Botha was awarded a South African Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to South African music. He was also awarded a Prestige Award by the FAK in September 2006 for his contribution to the Afrikaans language.
Jack Hammer is the country’s longest-standing rock band, its existence spanning three decades with Piet Botha at their helm. He plays not only because his fans love to see him, but as John Lee Hooker sang “it’s in him and it got to come out”.
Their brand-new album, Handful of Rain, comes after many years spent touring, and is an ode to the road, a book of songs, a collection of quiet reflections of a man looking back on his life as a touring musician. Songs of rivers, highways and impossible love: these are the main motifs of this album.
No shows booked at the moment.