Albie’s solo stuff likely will surprise those of you who remember him from his days with Can’t Say, Albany’s premier practitioners of “crunch ska.” It certainly did me. Over droney, Zeppelinesque open-tuned chords, Albie sang folksy, swampy, mystical songs of woods, water and deep weirdness. It was like Thoreau hopped up on Chris Whitley and reruns of Kung Fu. -John Rodat, Metroland Magazine, New York
Albie von Schaaf, now based out of Columbia, Pa, was a part of the local music scene around the Capital Region in Upstate New York for over 20 years. He was a founding member of the ska core band Can't Say (Moonska NYC Recording Artists), sharing bills with various national acts such as the Goo Goo Dolls,The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Murphy's Law, Rusted Root, King Missile, H20, and The Flaming Lips, among many others. He has performed in such well known venues as CBGB, The Wetlands, Coney Island High, The Bitter End, 930 Club, The Rathskellar, The Tune Inn, Toad's Place, Chenango Blues Festival and various festivals throughout the east coast & midwest. In recent years, he has expanded his musical pallette to include Blues, Jazz, Soul, Funk and much more. He's done shows with artists as diverse as Charlie Louvin, Sonny Landreth, James McMurtry, and performed sideman work alongside luminaries such as the Letterman Band's Anton Fig. Albie has also played in several other original bands over the years, such as Secretguy (Voted Best Hard Rock Band, 2002), Wood & the Black Fuel. He was a co-host (along with Motherjudge) at Albany, New York's most popular open mic for 8 years...the award winning "Best Damn Open Mic Ever" and the longest running in the area. Albie was also on the Executive Board of the then Jay Street Gallery in Schenectady, NY. The Jay Street Gallery was a cooperative of musicians and artists.
As of September 2013, Albie relocated to the Lancaster, PA area. He continues to perform and teach guitar, bass and songwriting in Columbia, PA. He is also available for cold fill-in work, and as a session player. His band, Killin' the Blues, is playing at a venue near you! Check out the "Shows" tab!
Contact Albie at (518) 669-3201 for lessons.
Hell Is Cold
Those who have tracked the progress of Albert "Albie" Von Schaaf these last 15 years or so know the magnitude and depth of the rock renegade's talent. On guitar, he's a blazing flamethrower, some set apart concoction of Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Billy Gibbons that leaves even seasoned guitar vets quaking when they happen upon him fiercely jamming at some open mic or barroom gig. What sometimes gets lost in the maelstrom is that Von Schaaf is one hell of a songwriter and lyricist as well. Hell Is Cold, the sophomore release from Albie's power trio the Black Fuel, is a take-no-prisoners tour de force of hard-rock fury and blues-soaked pizzazz, equal parts sweat, blood, vinegar, and mojo grease. Lyrically, this is the hardscrabble world of the long freeze, rough alleys, warm drink and hot times with your mate. Proving themselves as one of the area's finest rock rhythm sections, bassist Shawn McCann and drummer Mike Weirich swing like Black Sabbath at a P-Funk convention. From the opening anthem "Blues for God's Daughter" to the tender, Chris Whitley-esque "High Wild Flower," all the highs and lows of upstate living are measured and drawn true to life, then sent spinning with blues, wisdom, and not just a little bit of grace. Buy this for that Guitar Hero/Rock Band-addicted kid in your life so he or she can get a taste of the real deal, a guitar maestro and his rock hounds residing right here in the little old Capital Region.
Special kudos to the striking album art by local artist and musician Shawn Snow.
-Mike Hotter, Metroland Magazine
...Led by guitarist-vocalist Albie, the Black Fuel are all fired up about their new disc, "Hell Is Cold," as well they should be. While the band's previous release split the disc between electric and acoustic recordings, the sophomore CD is 100 percent plugged-in and rockin' at full force. The go-for-the-throat rhythm section of bassist Shawn McCann and drummer Mike Weirich keep these 11 original tunes pumping at maximum power level, and over the course of just 38 minutes, this disc rips through an ears-wide-open catalog of classic power trio rockin'. Not simply stuck in heavy metal rockin' mode, the Black Fuel's music is deeply rooted in the blues, and tracks like "Comin on Slow" and the voodoo chug of "Wrong Way Town" roar with the ferocity of the Jimi Hendrix Experience or Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble.
- Greg Haymes, Albany Times Union
... enlists a who's who of Capital Region players, including...Albie von Schaaf...
-David Malachowski, Albany Times Union/Online
Albert von Schaaf, better known to the area's music scene as Albie, laid down some seriously rocking guitar solos. We're talking face searing, gut busting guitar solos...do not turn the volume past 10, no matter how tempted you may be.
- Rob Jonas, The Spotlight