Country Throwback: George Strait, Kenny Chesney Rock ‘Ocean Front Property’ Together

by Matthew Wilson
Photo credits: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for George Strait

Kenny Chesney couldn’t let his buddy George Strait retire without performing together live one last time on stage in front of thousands. The duo teamed up for a rendition of Strait’s classic “Ocean Front Property.”

And the results were instantly iconic. The song already stood out among Strait’s vast catalog. But throw Chesney in the mix as well, and you have something truly special. Both Strait and Chesney’s voices harmonize together in a jam that’s sure to please fans of both artists. Of course, the song is slightly more poignant for Strait since this concert was meant to be his farewell to country music.

Strait decided to hang up the guitar back in 2014. He launched one last tour “The Cowboy Rides Away” tour, named after one of his songs. The tour culminated in a final performance at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. That concert attracted 104,793 people as well. Strait also invited some musical guests to help him close out his career in style. Guests included Chesney, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, and Eric Church.

Of course, Strait couldn’t stay away from music. He’s continued to record albums and perform infrequently in the years since that tour. But the country singer never performed to the same frequency and gusto as he did before his “retirement” years.

Behind the George Strait Song

Of course, Strait’s song “Ocean Front Property” stretches back longer than that. The song released back in 1986 and became the singer’s 10th No. 1 hits. The tune explores Strait’s narrator’s never-ending love for a significant other. The song features a nice play on words, insisting that if she believed the lie that he didn’t love her, he would also sell her some Ocean Front Property in Arizona. As many know, Arizona is a land-locked state.

The trio of Dean Dillon, Hank Cochran, and Royce Porter developed the hit song. Both Cochran and Porter wrote the first verse of the song while in a backroom of a Nashville studio. They quickly brought in Dillon as well, and the three cranked out the song in about an hour. Dillon wrote the tune’s bridge and second verse.

None of the three songwriters thought the tune would catch on. But Strait always had a bit of magic when it came to his songs. Adding a steel guitar pattern and reworking the melody, Strait recorded the song and quickly had another No. 1 hit on his hands. You can learn more about Strait and his career here.