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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 805 - Queen Of The Dance (Patter)
  2. RIV 816 - Dreamy Disco (Patter)
  3. RIV 789 - Mighty Mouse (Patter)
  4. RIV 1015 - Lone Ranger (Patter)
  5. RIV 774 - I Need A Hero
  6. RIV 842 - Bluegrass Swing (Patter)
  7. RIV 779 - Tango Burlesque (Patter)
  8. RIV 679 - Volcano
  9. RIV 795 - Hardwood Dance Floor (Patter)
  10. RIV 814 - Canadian Mist (Patter)
  1. RIV 859 - Sing, Sing A Song
  2. RIV 842 - Bluegrass Swing (Patter)
  3. RIV 861 - Pepperoncini (Patter)
  4. RIV 863 - Deep Fried (Patter)
  5. RIV 506 - Mariah
  6. RIV 858 - Ramshackle Shack
  7. RIV 243 - Fiesta (Patter)
  8. RIV 851 - Seahorses (Patter)
  9. RIV 854 - Are You Lonesome Tonight
  10. RIV 269 - Gummy Bear Song
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September Releases

Posted on Wednesday August 15, 2018

Here's our next set of releses, just as I'm getting ready to leave for the USAwest Square Dance Convention in Reno, NV. We have three new singing calls, three new patters, and two songs from the classic Red Boot library:

Our Japanese friends really enjoy doing gospel tunes! Check them out!

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

August Releases

Posted on Tuesday July 24, 2018

Here come our August releases: three new tunes, a couple of songs from the classic Red Boot library, and three new patters.

As always, be sure to visit our friends at ESP and Silver Sounds! ESP released three new titles at the beginning of July, and Silver Sounds released one as well.

July Releases

Posted on Thursday June 14, 2018

We're releasing our July titles ahead of the National Square Dance Convention in Kansas City at the end of the month. (Will we see you there?) We have three songs from the classic Red Boot library (two of them Elvis Presley songs), and three new patters:

As always, be sure to visit our friends at ESP and Silver Sounds! And, we hope to see you at the NSDC at the end of the month!

June Releases

Posted on Friday May 18, 2018

We have three new patters, and six re-releases from the classic Red Boot library, including two patriotic songs in time for Memorial Day and the 4th of July:

We'd like to credit Terry Reardon from San Diego for mixing and enhancing the music on these re-releases. Dan also spent a whole day in Terry's studio, recording vocals. Thanks, Terry!

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

New SUMMER GOLD Mini-Package

Posted on Tuesday May 01, 2018

Our latest mini-package has just hit the website! 2018 Summer Gold features 8 titles for $40, or you can buy individual titles for $10 each.

One of these titles is a patter that has been creating a stir on Facebook by callers who heard it prior to its release. RIV 1022 - Boogie Sticks is now available!

The full list of Summer Gold titles:

All now available at the Riverboat website, on the Packages page.
Pick one or two, or get all 8 for half the price of the individual titles!

As always, be sure to visit our friends at ESP and Silver Sounds! Jack has just released a new version of "The Auctioneer", plus "They All Laughed," a Gershwin tune made famous by Astaire & Rogers.

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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