Most Knew Him as Goodtime Charlie
It is with great sadness that I share Charlie Brechtel’s passing.
As the biker bluesman founder and leader of The Charlie Brechtel Band, most knew him as a biker and singer who shared his life through music.
On April 25, 2020, Charlie was killed in a motorcycle accident near his home in Copperopolis, CA, leaving me, along with the greater motorcycle community, suffering a huge loss.
Some Time Earlier
Charlie and I met years ago, around 2005, I think, at a biker rally, as I expect that is where many people meet Charlie.
For years, Charlie did a one-hour internet radio broadcast show every week called “Bikers Inner Circle.” If you ever tuned in you may have seen my Indian Summer artwork on the wall behind him, just over his shoulder.
Left to right: Charlie Brechtel, Cameron, Hank, and A.D. Cook at Sturgis 2016
IRON BUFFALO album cover, featuring my buffalo with handlebars pen and ink artwork from 2006.
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A.D. is an artist who started drawing at a young age. Throughout his life, he has worked with different creative tools in traditional and digital art and design. His art and writings have been showcased in various publications such as Airbrush Action Magazine, Airbrush Magazine, American Art Collector, Art & Beyond, Dream To Launch, Easyriders, Las Vegas City Life, Las Vegas Weekly, L’Vegue, ModelsMania, Quick Throttle, and The Ultimate Airbrush Handbook.