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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 1015 - Lone Ranger (Patter)
  2. RIV 842 - Bluegrass Swing (Patter)
  3. RIV 859 - Sing, Sing A Song
  4. RIV 1022 - Boogie Sticks (Patter)
  5. RIV 805 - Queen Of The Dance (Patter)
  6. RIV 1034 - Oh Holy Night
  7. RIV 1036 - Silver Bells
  8. RIV 1039 - Holiday Patter
  9. RIV 816 - Dreamy Disco (Patter)
  10. RIV 1035 - At Christmas
  1. RIV 1043 - Great Balls Of Fire
  2. RIV 1042 - Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
  3. RIV 891 - Blueberry Pie (Patter)
  4. RIV 1047 - Lord Have Mercy On A Country Boy
  5. RIV 885 - Happy Birds (Patter)
  6. RIV 1041 - T'Smidje
  7. RIV 1048 - Downside Up (Patter)
  8. RIV 560 - Goodnight Sweetheart
  9. RIV 1045 - Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes
  10. RIV 1046 - Just Pretend
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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!

January Releases

Posted on Thursday January 17, 2019

Now that our webmaster has a working internet connection again, we can bring out our releases for January. There's a new song, two re-releases from the classic Red Boot library, and three new patters:

In addition, the "BC Boys" (Ray, Steve and Brent) have done an alternate vocal and harmony track for RIV 560 - Goodnight Sweetheart. This includes an enhanced music track, with the key changed to the key of D. Anyone who's already purchased RIV 560 and would like the new tracks for free, please contact Bob Elling directly!

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

December Releases

Posted on Thursday December 20, 2018

We have a few releases coming out just before Christmas: 3 patters, two new singing calls, and a re-release from the classic Red Boot library...

Not Christmas songs, but possibly good Christmas presents for your favorite caller!

November Releases

Posted on Friday November 16, 2018

Just a few this time around, because we just released our Christmas Mini-Package at the start of the month. We have a re-release from the classic Red Boot library, and two new songs from our Japanese contingent:

If you haven't heard it before, Gonna Meet A Cowboy is a lively song originally from the debut album of the "Sunny Cowgirls."

Don't forget to check out our Christmas Mini-Package on our website's Packages page, and be sure to visit our friends at ESP and Silver Sounds!

2018 Christmas Mini-Package

Posted on Saturday November 03, 2018

We've been agonizing over this one for a while. We wanted to bring it out a month ago or more, to give more time before the season starts, but it took time to get all the music and vocals together. However, now it's ready: the 2018 Riverboat Christmas Package!

We have 7 titles, including 3 patters and 4 singing calls, including both male and female keys on several, and a number of international vocals!

Oh Holy Night includes not just male and female keys, but vocals in German, Spanish, French, Japanese and Swedish! Silver Bells and Country Christmas include music and vocals in male and female keys, and the former also includes harmony tracks for both male and female.

As with our other mini-packages, you can buy single titles out of this package for $10 apiece -- or get the full package for half off the price of all the single titles!

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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