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  1. RIV 242 - Fur Elise (Patter)
  2. RIV 295 - Fuji Mountain Breakdown (Patter)
  3. RIV 347 - Ode To Joy
  4. RIV 243 - Fiesta (Patter)
  5. RIV 250 - YMCA
  6. RIV 308 - Sonora (Patter)
  7. RIV 322 - Riverboat Hustle (Patter)
  8. RIV 318 - Riverboat Swing (Patter)
  9. RIV 251 - Mickey Mouse
  10. RIV 292 - On Que (Patter)
  1. RIV 842 - Bluegrass Swing (Patter)
  2. RIV 859 - Sing, Sing A Song
  3. RIV 1022 - Boogie Sticks (Patter)
  4. RIV 1034 - Oh Holy Night
  5. RIV 1036 - Silver Bells
  6. RIV 868 - Dancing In Dublin (Patter)
  7. RIV 1039 - Holiday Patter
  8. RIV 861 - Pepperoncini (Patter)
  9. RIV 1015 - Lone Ranger (Patter)
  10. RIV 1035 - At Christmas
  1. RIV 901 - Quiet Place, A (Patter)
  2. RIV 907 - Winner, The (Patter)
  3. RIV 895 - You Belong To Me
  4. RIV 899 - Ain't Love A Good Thing
  5. RIV 903 - Beyond The Border (Patter)
  6. RIV 908 - Snicker Doodle (Patter)
  7. RIV 904 - Talk Is Cheap
  8. RIV 892 - Sipping Wine (Patter)
  9. RIV 900 - Dance The Two Step
  10. RIV 906 - Night In The City (patter)
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April Releases

Posted on Saturday April 06, 2019

With the CALLERLAB convention right around the corner, we're bringing out our April releases at the start of the month: a new singing call, a Red Boot re-release, and three new patters...

In addition, RIV 445 - Love In The Country is getting a new female version in key C (both instrumental and vocal) by Linda Rawlinson. Contact Bob Elling directly if you've already purchased RIV 445 and would like the new tracks.

As always, be sure to visit our friends at ESP and Silver Sounds!

March Releases

Posted on Thursday March 21, 2019

Our March releases include three new patters and three singing calls, two of which are from the classic Red Boot library:

Take a moment to listen to "Ain't Love A Good Thing" — this isn't just a re-release of an old Red Boot tune. The rhythm track has been enhanced, and it really snaps!

As always, be sure to visit our friends at ESP and Silver Sounds!

Galway Town

Posted on Tuesday March 05, 2019

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, Krista Baird has contributed a female version (with key changed to A) of RIV 591 - Dear Old Galway Town, to accompany Jack O'Leary's original vocal. Check it out at www.riverboat.com/records/allmp3.php#RIV591 -- and, as always, if you've already purchased RIV 591 and would like the new vocal and re-keyed instrumental tracks, contact Bob Elling directly.

UPDATE 2019-03-12:
We've added two more female versions to already-released songs, and we've also identified the keys on the vocals and instrumentals for those songs:

Check out the samples on our website...

www.riverboat.com/records/allmp3.php#RIV582
www.riverboat.com/records/packages.php#RIV1025

...and remember to contact Bob if you've already bought one of the titles and would like to get the new tracks.

February Releases

Posted on Sunday February 24, 2019

With only a few days left in February, we're kind of squeaking in right under the wire with our February releases. We've got three new patters, a new singer and two re-releases from the classic Red Boot library:

Also, with St. Patrick's Day coming up, be sure and look at the Irish songs suggested on our Themes page. We have over a dozen, including both patters and singing calls.

As always, be sure to visit our friends at ESP and Silver Sounds!

2019 Winter Gold Mini-Package

Posted on Sunday January 27, 2019

We've been waiting for the pieces of our 2019 Winter Gold mini-package to come together, and it's now ready for release! There are 9 singing calls and a brand new patter for you. As with our other mini-packages, you can either purchase the full package for one price (in this case, $50), or individual titles for $10 each.

The lyrics for T'Smidje are given in German, so be sure to study Nils' vocal for pronunciation!

Lots of great songs here -- be sure to check them out on our website's Packages page!

About Riverboat Records

Riverboat Records was purchased in the 1980s by Bob Elling in the San Francisco Bay Area. His love of both square dancing and good music has driven his dedication to create the finest square dance music available. The early years produced several square dance records using top-notch musicians, including Phil Aaberg and Norton Buffalo.

Due to the priorities of raising a family, there was no new music produced for almost 20 years. Around 2005 Bob began to teach and call square dancing to local 3rd and 4th graders once a week. He loves teaching the kids and has a desire to use music that they could relate to.

A good friend and caller, Ken Bower, encouraged Bob to start recording square dance music again, and so he did. Ken then recorded the vocal for the first "new" recording on Riverboat, Misty.

Bob enjoys producing many types of songs and especially ones appropriate for grade schoolers. Some of his more popular songs for all ages include: Mickey Mouse, Oh Johnny Oh, Y.M.C.A., Heigh Ho, Funky Town, Best Years of Our Lives, Big Pig Jig, American Land, and On With the Show. Most of these recordings include alternate choreography that can be taught in just a few minutes to kids or adults. The kids have responded with amazing enthusiasm.

In addition, there has been a great deal of support from some of the best talent in the country to bring variety and more life to the music. These fun square dance tunes are fun for both kids and adults. Bob's dream is to have this music used in the classroom by school teachers all over the world.

Riverboat Records also has modern patter music with a great dance beat. The variety of music ranges from bluegrass to funky, so there's something for everyone.

In 2010, Riverboat introduced its Gold subscription series. For just $100, a package of 20 new hoedowns and singing calls is made available exclusively to subscribers. At the end of the year those titles enter the regular Riverboat catalog and a new package is made available to Gold subscribers.

Bob would like to acknowledge the help and support that he has received from Elmer Sheffield (ESP Records), Jack O'Leary (Silver Sounds), Michael Salacuse (Circle Left Recording), Bobby Kennedy, Carl Kaye, Tracy Brown, Rich Reel, and Lawrence Johnstone. He also wants to thank his wife, Lois, for her support in this endeavour that he loves so much.

Contact Us

Riverboat Records
c/o Bob Elling
16000 Marcella St.
San Leandro, CA 94578
510-278-8621
bob.elling@gmail.com

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