He was a member of 1970s punk band The Plugz (which became a popular roots band in the 1980s), Cruzados, Havalinas, Izzy Stradlin & the Ju Ju Hounds, and has toured and/or recorded with Joan Osborne, John Doe, Cracker, Bob Dylan, Jimmy and the Mustangs, 47C and many others. He was briefly a member of Agent Orange, appearing on their 1996 album Virtually Indestructible. Quintana toured with Social Distortion member Mike Ness's solo band and recorded with him on his second solo offering Under the Influences (1999).
Quintana joined Social Distortion in 2000 as the replacement for Chuck Biscuits (of D.O.A. and Danzig), and following the death of the band's guitarist Dennis Danell. He was present on Social Distortion's critically acclaimed comeback Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll (2004), and their 2007 Greatest Hits compilation. In April 2009, Quintana left Social Distortion to explore other musical opportunities, and to spend more time with his family. He was replaced by session Josh Freese, who appeared on the next Social Distortion album, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes in 2011. Shortly after the album was released, David Hidalgo, Jr. became the band's new drummer.
- "Thank You Charlie Quintana for Ten Great Years!". Socialdistortion.com. 2009-04-23. Retrieved 2009-04-23.
- "Atom Willard joins Social Distortion, replacing departing Charlie Quintana". Punknews.org. 2009-04-23. Retrieved 2009-04-23.
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