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February Releases

Posted on Friday January 26, 2018

Here are our February releases: 3 new patters, and 2 songs from the classic Red Boot library...

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


New January Gold Mini-Package

Posted on Monday January 01, 2018

Happy New Year!

With the coming of 2018, we're releasing the second in our new "Mini-Package" concept. (The first, of course, was the 2017 Christmas package with 6 titles.) We have 8 new titles, including 7 singing calls and one patter:

"My Tipperary Girl" will make a good song for St. Patrick's Day in March. ("Fare Thee Well" also has a hint of the Irish to it.) "Raspberry Pi" is a version of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's "Bluesberry Hill," but it's not an exact note-for-note reproduction -- give it a listen!

The package price is $40 for all 8 titles, but you can buy single titles out of the package for $10 each. (So, if you like more than three, just get the whole thing!)

As always, be sure to visit our friends at ESP and Silver Sounds and listen to their new offerings!

January Releases

Posted on Tuesday December 12, 2017

Because Christmas is coming, we're bringing out our January releases a little early. We know you'll be too involved with the festivities if we wait too long!

We have three new patters this month, and several tunes from the classic Red Boot library:

Please accept our best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and for whatever other holidays you might celebrate in this season!

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

December Releases

Posted on Friday November 17, 2017

This month, we have the last few titles from last year's Gold package making their debuts as singles. Plus, we have three new patters and seven — count 'em, seven — singing calls from the classic Red Boot library!

Be sure to check out our 2017 Christmas mini-package, with 3 patters and 3 singing calls. See the "Packages" page on the Riverboat website! And, as always, be sure to visit our friends at ESP and Silver Sounds!

R.I.P. Fats Domino

Posted on Wednesday November 01, 2017

To recognize the recent passing of legend Fats Domino, Riverboat is re-releasing the Red Boot version of one of his most recognizable hits:

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.

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Riverboat Records
c/o Bob Elling
16000 Marcella St.
San Leandro, CA 94578

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