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.
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