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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 524 - You Raise Me Up
  2. RIV 529 - Lord Of Dance (Patter)
  3. RIV 679 - Volcano
  4. RIV 717 - Rafting (Patter)
  5. RIV 525 - Cups (from Pitch Perfect)
  6. RIV 347 - Ode To Joy
  7. RIV 242 - Fur Elise (Patter)
  8. RIV 658 - Everybody Romp (Patter)
  9. RIV 506 - Mariah
  10. RIV 662 - Downtown Patter
  1. RIV 805 - Queen Of The Dance (Patter)
  2. RIV 789 - Mighty Mouse (Patter)
  3. RIV 768 - Al Jolson Medley
  4. RIV 703 - Feliz Navidad
  5. RIV 795 - Hardwood Dance Floor (Patter)
  6. RIV 347 - Ode To Joy
  7. RIV 783 - Drums of Christmas (Patter)
  8. RIV 709 - Dashing Through The Snow (Patter)
  9. RIV 758 - Dancing In The Dark
  10. RIV 779 - Tango Burlesque (Patter)
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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:

November Releases

Posted on Thursday October 19, 2017

Our November releases include three songs from the classic Red Boot library, and three new patters:

We've also added some Christmas-themed alternate vocals to a couple of our previous releases. As always, if you've already purchased the title and would like the new vocal, contact Bob Elling.

RIV 762 - Mr. Sandman, part of the 2018 Gold Package, has a "Mr. Santa" vocal by Silver Sounds Music's Jack O'Leary. It also has an instrumental track enhanced with sleigh bells and other Christmas sounds.

RIV 557 - Summer Sounds now has a "Christmas Sounds" vocal by Lawrence Johnstone. There's an extra track enhanced with bell sound effects and hints of other Christmas songs; this is included as a split track with the main music on the left channel and the enhancements on the right channel so that you can dial them in and out as you wish.

Don't forget to look at our Christmas Mini-Package of 6 songs as well. We released that at the beginning of the month.

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

Christmas 2017 Package

Posted on Tuesday October 03, 2017

Riverboat is trying a new concept. Instead of releasing one large music package each year (with a large price), we're going to try releasing several smaller packages (with smaller prices) at various times throughout the year. Some may be seasonally-themed, as our first one is. We're calling these "mini-packages," and you'll notice on the website that our "Gold" page has been renamed to "Packages" to better describe what's on there.

We're starting this month with our Christmas 2017 package of six songs (3 patters and 3 singing calls) for $30. As with the 2018 Gold package that we released about a month ago, you can buy single titles from the package for $10 apiece, or the full set of six for $30. The songs in the package are:

Each singing call includes international vocals (and cuesheets) for our overseas friends. Check them out on our Packages page

As always, be sure to visit our friends at ESP and Silver Sounds and check out their newest releases!

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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