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Top Downloads
(as of 2024-07-15)

All TimeLast 12 MonthsLast 30 Days
  1. RIV 242 - Fur Elise (Patter)
  2. RIV 347 - Ode To Joy
  3. RIV 1015 - Lone Ranger (Patter)
  4. RIV 524 - You Raise Me Up
  5. RIV 615 - Bollywood Patter
  6. RIV 506 - Mariah
  7. RIV 295 - Fuji Mountain Breakdown (Patter)
  8. RIV 560 - Goodnight Sweetheart
  9. RIV 1022 - Boogie Sticks (Patter)
  10. RIV 805 - Queen Of The Dance (Patter)
  1. RIV 1282 - Dragon Fire (Patter)
  2. RIV 1352 - Copperhead Road (Patter)
  3. RIV 1349 - Love Story
  4. RIV 1291 - Wellerman Ragtime Patter
  5. RIV 1338 - Drunken Sailor
  6. RIV 1311 - Santa's Sleigh Ride Patter
  7. RIV 1362 - Rollin' In My Sweet Baby's Arms
  8. RIV 1267 - Smooth Santanna Patter
  9. RIV 1310 - Carol Of The Bells Patter
  10. RIV 1257 - Barrels Of Fun (Patter)
  1. RIV 1373 - Summer Sounds
  2. RIV 1365 - Mother Of Dragons (Patter)
  3. RIV 1370 - Irish Spoons (Patter)
  4. RIV 1043 - Great Balls Of Fire
  5. RIV 1155 - Part Of Your World
  6. RIV 1282 - Dragon Fire (Patter)
  7. RIV 1291 - Wellerman Ragtime Patter
  8. RIV 1341 - January 7th Jig (Patter)
  9. RIV 1349 - Love Story
  10. RIV 1359 - Bread And Butter

NOTE: RIV 1062 - Silent Night does not appear in its proper location in this listing because it had to be split up into several smaller downloads. It is currently by far the top download for the year 2019!

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June Releases

Posted on Thursday June 13, 2024

Here come our June releases, in time for the National Square Dance Convention in Milwaukee over the last week of the month:

Bob won't be at the National, but several of our callers will be. Make sure to look them up!

May Releases

Posted on Thursday May 09, 2024

We have three patters and three singing calls for you this merry month of May:

We've previously released a version of Summer Sounds (RIV 557). That was the Gold Star version from the classic Red Boot library. But this is a brand new version with lively music and a vocal by Mike Seastrom of Rhythm Records. Check it out!

Also, please give a listen to "I'm Gonna Love You Through It." I'm sure that this Martina McBride song had special meaning to Jason Raleigh when he recorded it, because of his wife Katie's battle with cancer. I know it brought tears to my eyes.

The patter "Irish Spoons" may sound familiar to you. We've released similar music in the past, as RIV 1187 - Irish Delight. However, this version has added percussion (the 'spoons' referenced in the title). We felt that the difference was significant enough to warrant a separate release.

Also, check out RIV 1191 - Sing Away The Blues in our older catalog. Nelda Eaton has just contributed a female vocal to complement Jack O'Leary's original. As always, if you've already purchased the title and would like the new tracks, contact Bob directly.

Have a great month! Memorial Day's coming up...and summer will be right on its heels!

April Releases

Posted on Friday April 19, 2024

Our April releases include two singing calls and three new patters:

If you listen to Jason's vocal on Old Rattler, you'll hear some rather realistic barking in there -- the song is about a dog, after all. We've included a separate track with the music split on the left channel and just the barks on the right, so that you can mix them in with your balance control to your preference.


March Releases

Posted on Wednesday March 20, 2024

We have five new singing calls for you this month, including three re-releases from the classic Red Boot library. We also have three new patters for your enjoyment:

In addition, Jason Raleigh has contributed a vocal to our previously released patter, RIV 1341 - January 7th Jig. As always, if you've already purchased the patter and would like the new vocal track as well, contact Bob Elling directly.

Remember, the CALLERLAB Convention is coming up next week in Grapevine, TX. Hope to see some of you there -- Bob won't be attending, but some of our staff and featured callers will be.

February Releases

Posted on Wednesday February 07, 2024

Just a few releases for February...three patters and two singing calls.

While Jack lends his usual Irish touch to Galway City, Brent applies a Cajun flavor to his selection...just in time for Mardi Gras next week! And be sure to check out our new patter selections as well!

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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