Hal Peters Trio / Hal Peters and his Trio / Hal Peters and his String Dusters
Western Standard Time  Bluelight Records. BLR 331132 Late For Lovin’ - Eatin’ Right Out Of Your Hand - Without You - Time/Careless Words - Ciggarets, Jukebox and A Bar Room - I Hear You Talkin’ - Take Back Your Paperheart - Play The Music Louder - My Front Door Is Open - If I Don’t Love You (Grits Ain’t Croseries) - I’m Satisfied With You - Diamonds And Cadillacs - Guess Things Happen That Way
One often says that to make good country music and especially western-swing, it is necessary to be american and live in the south of the country if possible! All this is bullshit and I ‘m gonna disclose it right now : there is a band in Finland which, since many years now, forged itself a reputation whose exceeded the borders and is far from being usurped. Hal Peters and his String Dusters’ fellows form today part of the best formations of Western-Swing and this new album «Western Standard Time» proves it easily.Since their beginnings in the rockabilly music as a quartet (Hal Peters and his Trio) the combo has changed its name, stretched and moved towards a hillbilly bop and western-swing style inspired by Curtis Gordon (to whom this album is dedicated) Roy Hogsed or Hank Thompson. These accomplished musicians who divided themselves between other bands give to this album a credibility who largely exceeds a number of other bands which today launch out in this musical kind. Listen to «Late For Lovin’» a composition of Hal Peters (his real name is Heikki Laakkonen) and you will immediately be transported to Texas or Oklahomain the middle of the Fifties. The rest of the album will firmly anchor you to it during the fourteen titles with a small detour towards the rockabilly sound of Memphis with the participation of Hayden Thompson («Diamonds and Cadillacs») and the «Cash» soundalike with the cover of «Guess Things Happen That Way». Is Helsinki goin’ to overshadow Turkey as the home of Western-Swing?? Who knows.??
Fireball Mail  Goofin Record GRCD 6038
Fireball Mail - Make Up Your Mind - Rock Me Up - Baby I'm Ready - You're My Very Special Baby - Doggone It/If You Don't, Somebody Else Will - You're There - Satisfied - Starlight - When I Saw Your Face In The Moon/You're Gone - Steelin'Home - Blue Blue Day - Tired Of Rockin' - Rock, Roll, Jump and Jive - Snatch It And Grab It - Big Fool - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - You Can't Do Me No Wrong - Perkins Wiggle - Slippin' Out And Sneakin' In - Tennessee - If You Can't Rock Me - Love Charms - Blue Days-Black Nights - Freight Train
A must have. This cd album contains the band's debut album (Snatch It and Grab It), songs from various singles, eps, compilations and a selection of songs from their 1991 album "Baby I'm Ready". And if it wasn't enough it also features five brand new recording with that announce the new dirtection - more western swing - the band will take in the following years.
Fred "Virgil" Turgis
Goofin' Goofy 511  You Don't Have To Worry - If You Don't, Somebody Else Will - Doggone It - When I Saw Your Face In The Moon
The name has changed to Hal Peters and his Trio with the addition of Jussi Huhtakangas on drums and steel guitar. A guest fiddle can also be found on Jimmy and Johnny's If You Don't, Somedy Else Will. The result is one great rockabilly number (Joe Clay's Doggone It) and three mellower hillbilly bop straight from Texas circa 1955.. Fred "Virgil" Turgis
Snatch It And Grab It  Moondogs SRLP 8525 Rock, Roll, Jump and Jive - Snatch It And Grab It - Big Fool - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - You Can't Do Me No Wrong - Perkins Wiggle - Slippin'Out And Sneakin' In - Tennessee - If You Can't Rock Me - Love Charms - Blue Days-Black Nights - Freight Train
Snatch It and Grab It is the debut album of this Finish trio released in 1986. They formed in 1984 with Heikki Laakkonen on vocals and acoustic rhythm guitar, Eino Rastas a mighty guitar player in the style of Hal Harris formerly of the Rhythm Wheel Combo and Timo Uimonen on double bass. They are probably one the best rockabilly band of the eighties and one the very few to capture the feeling of the 50's recordings.
Despite a majority of covers (Carls Perkins, Freddie Hart, Curtis Gordon, Buddy Holly, Joe Clay...) and only one self penned tune (You Cant Do Me No Wrong) they manage to have a highly personnal sound. Most of the songs are in the drummerless trio format though one can here a light drums on some tracks and occasional piano.
Later reissued with various other tracks on the cd album "fireball Mail" (Goofin records GRCD 6038). Fred