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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 859 - Sing, Sing A Song
  2. RIV 842 - Bluegrass Swing (Patter)
  3. RIV 868 - Dancing In Dublin (Patter)
  4. RIV 1034 - Oh Holy Night
  5. RIV 1036 - Silver Bells
  6. RIV 1039 - Holiday Patter
  7. RIV 861 - Pepperoncini (Patter)
  8. RIV 870 - Rockin' Jayson Robert (Patter)
  9. RIV 1035 - At Christmas
  10. RIV 1037 - Country Christmas
  1. RIV 912 - After Shock (Patter)
  2. RIV 910 - Shortnin' Bread
  3. RIV 1050 - Story Book Love
  4. RIV 295 - Fuji Mountain Breakdown (Patter)
  5. RIV 869 - Zora's Dance (Patter)
  6. RIV 914 - About Time (Patter)
  7. RB 907 - Jacalyn's Waltz (Round)
  8. RIV 1056 - Do You Believe In Love
  9. RIV 1061 - It's Friday
  10. RIV 671 - Hello My Baby
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2019 Summer Gold

Posted on Friday June 14, 2019

Our newest mini-package is now ready for release. 12 songs, all singing calls, with a wide range of styles. Several of them include female versions in a separate key, and three offer optional harmony tracks:

You can buy the package of all 12 songs for $60, or individual titles for $10 each, on our Packages page at www.riverboat.com/records/packages.php -- check out the sample clips there!

May Releases

Posted on Thursday May 23, 2019

We almost managed to let May slip by without any releases. Almost, but not quite: we have three new patters, and a song from the classic Red Boot library, plus a new female vocal...
(Originally, there was another release as well -- "All Of Me" as RIV 911. However, it was pointed out that we'd already released "All Of Me" as RIV 896 back in February. Oops!!!)

We also have a new female vocal by Krista Baird for RIV 525 - Cups (from "Pitch Perfect"), in the key of B. This also includes an instrumental track in that key. As always, if you've already bought RIV 525 and would like the new tracks, contact Bob Elling directly.

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

UPDATE 2019-05-31

We've now substituted the proper RIV 911 release for the one that we accidentally re-re-released! It's still a re-release from the classic Red Boot library, originally heard in the musical Damn Yankees:

We've also added two more female vocals to patriotic songs, in time to practice for the 4th of July. These also include a copy of the instrumental pitched in the same key used for the vocal:

Also, Krista Baird has contributed an alternate vocal for RIV 560 - Goodnight Sweetheart.

As always, if you've already purchased any of these Riverboat releases and would like the new tracks, contact Bob Elling directly.

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...


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

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

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