Portland folk-rock band The Weather Machine has released a song celebrating Oregon’s Beach Bill. The whimsical track, “The Pelican Song,” is written from the perspective of a pelican criticizing intrusive businessmen on a tract of beachfront property. It commemorates the 50th anniversary of environmental legislation that established public access to all of Oregon’s beaches.
Oregon is one of the few states that grants permanent public access for its beaches, alongside Hawaii and Texas. The iconic law is also the theme for The Weather Machine’s upcoming concept album, “Beach Bill,” out on Aug. 12.
The Weather Machine founder and frontman Slater Smith is a longtime admirer of and collaborator with the Oregon state park system. In 2013, he visited 185 Oregon state parks for The Weather Machine’s first music video. Smith also produced the Road Sessions series (a video collaboration between Oregon State Parks, opbmusic and Travel Oregon).
Slater Smith will perform a solo set on the Oregon Capitol grounds July 8 at 11:30 a.m. PST. The Weather Machine plays at Doug Fir Lounge on Aug. 12 along with Sama Dams and Haley Heynderickx.