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Posted on Tuesday October 03, 2017Riverboat 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:
- RIV 781 - Deck The Halls Patter
An arrangement with a Mannheim Steamroller feel
- RIV 782 - Christmas In My Heart Patter
- RIV 783 - Drums of Christmas (Patter)
- RIV 784 - Deck The Halls
Vocal by Kaneko Jr. in English, Nils Trottmann in German, Keita Takahata in Japanese, and Christer Bern and Hanna Tenenbaum in Swedish
- RIV 785 - Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
Vocal by Koji Harai in English, Nils Trottmann in German, Hiromi Kaneko and Kuniko Kawashima in Japanese, and Christer Bern and Hanna Tenenbaum in Swedish
- RIV 786 - We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Vocal by Tac Ozaki and Mitchell Osawa (Elite Records) in English, Nils Trottmann in German, Kumi Takahashi in Japanese (with harmony), and Christer Bern and Hanna Tenenbaum in Swedish.
Each singing call includes international vocals (and cuesheets) for our overseas friends. Check them out on our Packages page!
Posted on Thursday September 14, 2017This month, we have three songs from the 2017 Gold Package making their debuts as singles, plus two songs from the classic Red Boot library and three new patters:
- RIV 684 - Oklahoma (vocal by Aaron Wells)
- RIV 687 - Shame Shame Shame (vocal and harmony by Chic's Shauna Kaaria)
- RIV 693 - Romping Stomping (vocal by Ken Bower)
- RIV 734 - I'd Say You (vocal by Duke Okada, originally RBS 1275)
- RIV 748 - Got Leavin' On Her Mind (vocal by Isao Nakagawa and Max Ringe, originally RB 278)
- RIV 749 - Sugar (Patter)
- RIV 750 - Southern Belle (Patter)
- RIV 751 - Country Mix (Patter)
Also, keep in mind that our 2018 Gold Package came out just a few weeks back - 30 new songs for $125. And this year, you can buy single titles out of the package for $10 each!
Posted on Sunday August 27, 2017In past years, we've introduced our new Gold package in November. However, this year the 2018 Riverboat Gold package is out NOW, before Labor Day!
We have 30 new songs, 5 patters and 25 singing calls, for $125. They range from classic standards to selections from recent motion pictures, including songs originally performed by Bobby Vinton, Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Gordon Lightfoot and numerous others. And, in addition to our staff callers and regular Japanese contributors, we have vocals provided by ESP's Elmer Sheffield, Tom Miller and Bill Harrison, Royal's Tony Oxendine and Joe Saltel, and Steve Edlund from British Columbia, Canada.
NEW THIS YEAR: We're making it possible to buy single titles out of the package. Single Gold titles will be $10 each.
Check out the 2018 Riverboat Gold package on our Gold page:
Posted on Thursday August 10, 2017We're bringing out our September releases even earlier than usual this time around. Why? Because we're gearing up to release the 2018 Gold Package two months earlier than normal, at the end of this month. (In time for Labor Day!)
This month, we have two new patter releases, a song from the classic Red Boot library, and four titles from the 2017 Gold Package making their debuts as singles:
- RIV 747 - Daisy Mae (Patter)
- RIV 746 - Buddy Holly Patter
- RIV 745 - Pick Me Up (Patter)
- RIV 744 - It's Been A Great Afternoon (Vocal by Elmer Sheffield and Darryl Lipscomb, formerly RBS 1245)
- RIV 683 - Sukiyaki (Vocal by Mac O'Jima)
- RIV 682 - Stand Beside Me (Vocal by Darryl Lipscomb)
- RIV 681 - Then The World Will Know (Vocal by Lawrence Johnstone)
- RIV 680 - Simple Life (Vocal by Lawrence Johnstone)
Check back near the end of the month to see the 2018 Gold Package. (Or, if you don't want to wait, email Bob Elling and he'll send you a preview link.)
Posted on Tuesday July 25, 2017When we came out with (Is This The Way To) Amarillo in last year's Gold package, we were set for Bob Baier to provide the vocal. However, a medical problem was preventing Bob from recording, so we released it with an alternate vocal by Lawarence Johnstone and left a place for Bob to add his at a later date.
Bob Baier has now been able to provide his vocal for RIV 691, and it has been added to the website. As always, if you've already purchased the title and want to receive the new vocal, just contact Bob Elling directly.
Bob Baier also has a vocal in the upcoming 2018 Riverboat Gold package. Watch for it!
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 UsRiverboat Records
c/o Bob Elling
16000 Marcella St.
San Leandro, CA 94578