In late 1968 lead guitarist Leigh Stephens left the San Francisco based power trio Blue Cheer. He then signed a solo deal with Philips and moved to Great Britain, to rehearse with members of the newly formed band Faces, amongst others. In 1969 Stephens released his debut solo album, "Red Weather". The self produced album was recorded at Trident Studios, London.
The music on "Red Weather" had a well structured psychedelic sound. Both Nicky Hopkins and Ian Stewart played piano on the album, with Stu performing on two tracks, "Indians" and "Joannie Mann". Amongst the other musicians on the album was Eric Albronda, Stephens' ex-band mate from Blue Cheer. Here's the complete line-up: Leigh Stephens (gtr, bass, voc, perc), Eric Albronda (guitar, voc), Nicky Hopkins (p), Ian Stewart (p), Kevin Westlake (bass, drum, perc, voc on "Joannie Mann"), Micky Waller (dr).