Charlie “Good Time Charlie” Brechtel

April 28, 2020

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Charlie “Good Time Charlie” Brechtel

Good Time Charlie Brechtel, a biker blues musician who came about as close to celebrated as an authentic person cab, died last Saturday, April 25, in a motorcycle accident in Calaveras County, California. The poetry is that when he died he was just over the line.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Brechtel was riding his 1987 Harley Davidson north on O’Byrnes Ferry Road south of Duchess Drive shortly before 6 p.m. when his motorcycle crossed the double yellow line into oncoming traffic. Brechtel collided with the left front fender of a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox driven by Briana Mason of Davis. He flew off his bike and was pronounced dead at the scene. Three is no indication that Brechtel was intoxicated.

According to Brechtel’s friend Felicia Morgan, “Riding just two miles from his house, Charlie waved goodbye…. A short time later, our beloved Charlie was gone.”

According to his official biography, Brechtel did not “just play the kind of rockin’ blues that is the perfect soundtrack to the biker way of life; he takes his listeners into a world that began in America’s post WWII years, screamed through the 50s and 60s and has evolved into one of the most powerful and envied sub-cultures that this country has ever produced.

“His legendary music pays homage to the biker lifestyle in a way that no other musician has ever done. Charlie Brechtel weaves the personalities who pioneered this way of life into the hearts of all his songs. Men like Sonny Barger, Wino Willie Forkner, the Bravo Borthers…vintage bikes like the indian…biker Meccas like Sturgis, Daytona Beach, and the Buffalo Chip…all supply the ever-sharp edge to the music of Charlie Brechtel.

“Charlie Brechtel in IndyCharlie’s roots extend (ed) back to his hometown of New Orleans…the tradition of that town…the power…the feel…it’s all there…it’s deep within his blood. He played with Greg Allman and John Lee Hooker…his CDs feature some of the best musicians in blues and rock ‘n roll today…he’s played Sturgis and countless other major biker events and venues…his tunes will be heard in upcoming specials on the History Channel and in the DVD that accompanies the book, The Original Wild Ones.
“The soul of the American biker and the music of Charlie Brechtel are truly one and the same…

“Charlie’s music has been featured on the Sons of Anarchy TV series as well as many other biker movies, books and events! Charlie has worked with the likes of John Lee Hooker, Deacon Jones, Gregg Allman, B.B. King, Dr. John, Buddy Miles, Aaron Neville, Freddy Fender, Steppenwolfe and on and on…. He has his own stage every year at The Buffalo Chip in Sturgis and headlines every night!”

Brechtel appeared on Sons of Anarchy and returned this spring from playing a biker event in Thailand.
Because California remains quarantined, funeral and memorial services are pending.

Charlie Brechtel was 62-years-old. He died with his boots on.

Requiscat In Pace



19 Responses to “Charlie “Good Time Charlie” Brechtel”

  1. Wild Bill Campedelli Boston, Mass. Says:

    One of the most recognized bikers Nationwide. Wish I could have jammed with him. I shall in heaven. Love you, Charlie. R. I. P

  2. Va. Bob Says:

    Very,very sad.Reminds me of when Richie Pan died (in his case,he walked in front of a 4-wheeled vehicle with his back turned to traffic). My condolences to his family and friends.

  3. Michael Hayes Says:

    I just talked to Charles a few weeks ago at least he died doing what he loved going to miss you Charlie Austin Texas ride on brother. Actually on the 28th I was watching the movie rebel on the highway. He really is going to be missed.

  4. TX_Biker Says:

    Saw him at the Lone Star rally on Galveston 2013.
    Rest in peace Charlie.

  5. Freebird Says:

    From the post so far

    I would say a life well lived

    Played every card and left the table


  6. allen Says:

    RIP Charlie

  7. RT Says:

    My Good Time Buddy left the same day Charlie did I hope they meet on the other side and have a good ride. RIP Good Time Charlie and Oregon Mike.

  8. Lunchbox Says:

    RIP! I saw him once at the Redwood Run. Great musician!

  9. Rock N Rollz Says:

    A true connector of people. A personality bigger then life. A true Brother and mentor. Ride on Goodtime, in the wind for ever more. G.B.N.F

    See ya when my rubber side doesn’t stay down,
    Rock N Rollz

  10. anon Says:

    Ride hard, ride long Charlie. Life’s a fuckin’ bitch.

    Take care all.

    Life is short. Before you flap your gums, clench your fist, pull a heater, or do something dumb ? Remember what you lose yourself and what you take away.

    Life is fucked enough that it is better to pass and repass, ignore fools, and walk on. Respect starts inside one’s self.

    Crashes and deaths like this ? We lose to many to be killing other motherfuckers. This is Huxley’s Brave New World people.

    Time to get cozy with people you can’t stand, grin, and bear it.

    Good Time Charlie: He got to make his biker picture, he enjoyed his life. See you on the otherside

  11. mac Says:

    Damn, that really is a shame. I had the opportunity of seeing him at Hollister (where an HA prospect threathened to kick his ass for playing a Bandito song…thankfully, full patched members prevailed). I also seen him at Sturges where he played for like hours (well I was quite drunk, maybe it wasn’t quite so long). A talented guy. He was truly a good time guy. RIP

  12. Loner Says:

    RIP Charlie G.B.N.F

  13. Vince P Says:

    RIP GTC. Ride free.

  14. oldskewl Says:

    I’d say less than 15 mins prior to Charlie getting killed I was in the very same lane travelling the same path he was. The day was our first real summer day with temps around 85, the bikes outnumbered the cars 2-1. This is not unusual for this area and with this Covid-19 crap we all just had to get out.

    RIP, Charlie.


  15. Stevo Says:

    A tragic loss, my thoughts are with all that held him dear


  16. commonsense Says:

    So what happened to the person he hit ?

  17. Freebird Says:

    Rest In Peace

  18. stroker Says:

    Knew Charlie well.
    He played many gigs for me and my club.
    Was a full-on, non-stop biker/musician.
    He loved the life, and lived the life.
    It’s a sad day for the biker community.
    Ride on Goodtime……ride on.
    Vaya Con Dios.

  19. Johnny Rotten Says:

    Ride on in peace Brother

    ya better save me at least a beer Fucker!!!


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