Good Times, Charlie

Charlie Brechtel Band at Buffalo Chip

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.

Charlie Brechtel, Cameron, Hank and A.D. Cook at Sturgis 2016

Left to right: Charlie Brechtel, Cameron, Hank, and A.D. Cook at Sturgis 2016

The Charlie Brechtel Band Iron Buffalo Album Cover

IRON BUFFALO album cover, featuring my buffalo with handlebars pen and ink artwork from 2006.

There is a history, a legacy and a brotherhood that comprise the soul of the American biker. Those are also the elements that separate the music of The Charlie Brechtel Band from any other musician or band who aim their talents at the motorcycling community.

Watch my AMERICA art in process video featuring The Charlie Brechtel Band tune “Made in the U.S.A.”

Rest In Peace, Charlie Brechtel ~ 1957-2020

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