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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 529 - Lord Of Dance (Patter)
  2. RIV 524 - You Raise Me Up
  3. RIV 713 - Energy Boost (Patter)
  4. RIV 525 - Cups (from Pitch Perfect)
  5. RIV 347 - Ode To Joy
  6. RIV 679 - Volcano
  7. RIV 717 - Rafting (Patter)
  8. RIV 530 - Swamp Boogie (Patter)
  9. RIV 242 - Fur Elise (Patter)
  10. RIV 649 - R O B (Patter)
  1. RIV 759 - Proud Mary
  2. RIV 679 - Volcano
  3. RIV 779 - Tango Burlesque (Patter)
  4. RIV 426 - Lion Sleeps Tonight
  5. RIV 524 - You Raise Me Up
  6. RIV 691 - Amarillo
  7. RIV 749 - Sugar (Patter)
  8. RIV 771 - I Love How You Love Me
  9. RIV 776 - Swing It Girl (Patter)
  10. RIV 242 - Fur Elise (Patter)

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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!

October Releases

Posted on Thursday September 14, 2017

This 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:

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!

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

2018 Gold Package

Posted on Sunday August 27, 2017

In 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:

September Releases (Early!)

Posted on Thursday August 10, 2017

We'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:

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.)

As always, be sure to visit our friends at ESP and Silver Sounds! Both of them have new patters out this month, and Elmer just released a new version of "Mandy" on ESP.

This IS The Way To Amarillo!

Posted on Tuesday July 25, 2017

When 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 Us

Riverboat Records
c/o Bob Elling
16000 Marcella St.
San Leandro, CA 94578

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