This is a song that Paragon uses to close out every show. But it's such a favorite and a permanent feature, our crowds are a little unhappy when the signature riff kicks in.
China Grove was written by the lead singer of The Doobie Brothers, Tom Johnston and reached Number 15 on Billboard.
From the Wikipedia article: "Like many songs by Johnston, the music was composed and developed before the lyrics were written. It started with a guitar riff that he and drummer John Hartman developed into a jam with a chord structure. Johnston said that the lyrics were influenced by a piano part in the performance. According to Johnston, "...I really owe Billy Payne for the words because he played this wacky bridge that started the thinking process with this wacky sheriff, samurai swords, and all that." The song is based on a real town in Texas. Johnston claims that he thought he had created a fictional town called "China Grove" near San Antonio, Texas, and later learned it really exists. He explained that the band had been on tour passing through China Grove on the way to or from San Antonio, and he had seen a road sign with the name, but forgot about it."
James kicks off the riff when we play it and it will continue to be a fan favorite with Paragon.