(as of 2018-09-21)
Now AvailableLois Elling's book, Teaching Clogging is now in its second edition. Buy a downloadable PDF copy here for $25
Posted on Saturday September 15, 2018Here's our next mini-package: 2018 Autumn Gold. It contains 9 new singing calls. (No patter this time around.)
- RIV 1024 - I Wanna Be Seduced (Vocal by Lawrence Johnstone)
- RIV 1025 - I Just Called To Say I Love You (Vocal by Dan Nordbye)
- RIV 1026 - Island In The Sun (Vocal by Steve Edlund, with a female version by Krista Baird)
- RIV 1027 - When You Say Nothing At All (Vocal by Jack O'Leary)
- RIV 1028 - North To Alaska (Vocal by Ken Burke)
- RIV 1029 - Love Is Kind Love Is Wine (Vocal by Bob Farnell)
- RIV 1030 - Birth Of The Blues (Vocal by Lawrence Johnstone)
- RIV 1031 - Little Sister (Vocal by Dan Nordbye)
- RIV 1032 - The House Is Rockin' (Vocal by Steve Edlund, Brent Mawdsley and Krista Baird, with a harmony track and a female version by Krista)
As with our other mini-packages, you can buy single titles out of the package for $10 each. Or, you can get all 9 for $45 -- 50% off the single-title price.
Posted on Monday August 27, 2018We've just added female vocals to several songs that have already been released in our catalog for a while.
- RIV 245 - Those Were The Days (new female vocal by Lisa Lincoln of Arrowhead Recording)
- RIV 260 - This Land Is Your Land (new female vocal by Nelda Eaton)
- RIV 286 - American Saturday Night (new female vocal by Krista Baird)
- RIV 506 - Mariah (new female vocal by Nelda Eaton)
As always, if you've already purchased one of these titles and would like the new vocal, contact Bob Elling directly. And, if you're a female caller who's interested in recording a vocal to one of our existing releases, contact him!
Posted on Wednesday August 15, 2018Here'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:
- RIV 870 - Rockin' Jayson Robert (Patter)
- RIV 869 - Zora's Dance (Patter)
- RIV 868 - Dancing In Dublin (Patter)
- RIV 867 - Do You Right Tonight (Vocal by Dan Nordbye and Ken Bower; formerly RB 214)
- RIV 866 - I'll Be, You Be (Vocal by Kaz Tsjuimura, Kiyomi Taneyama and Mitchell Osawa, with harmony by Kaz and Kiyomi)
- RIV 865 - All The Sweet (Vocal by Dan Nordbye; formerly RB 225)
- RIV 864 - It's Shouting Time In Heaven (Vocal by Duke Okada, Kumi Takahashi and Mitchell Osawa, with harmony by Kumi and Duke)
- RIV 845 - Victory In Jesus (Vocal by Mitchell Osawa, Koji Harai, Ko Iwata and Kumi Takahashi, with harmony by Koji, Ko and Kumi)
Our Japanese friends really enjoy doing gospel tunes! Check them out!
Posted on Tuesday July 24, 2018Here come our August releases: three new tunes, a couple of songs from the classic Red Boot library, and three new patters.
- RIV 863 - Deep Fried (Patter)
- RIV 862 - Tall Tales (Patter)
- RIV 861 - Pepperoncini (Patter)
- RIV 860 - Life Is Like A Mountain Railway (Vocal by Kaneko Jr., Hiromi Kaneko, Kuniko Kawashima, and Mitchell Osawa [courtesy Elite Records], with harmony by Hiromi and Kuniko)
- RIV 859 - Sing, Sing A Song (Vocal by Keita Takahata, with harmony and Japanese vocal by Kumi Takahashi)
- RIV 858 - Ramshackle Shack (Vocal by Kumi Takahashi, Duke Okada, Mitchell Osawa [courtesy Elite Records], with harmony by Kumi and Duke)
- RIV 857 - I May Be Used (Vocal by Dan Nordbye, formerly RB 2995)
- RIV 856 - I Love New Orleans Music (Vocal by Dan Nordbye, formerly RB 291)
Posted on Thursday June 14, 2018We'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:
- RIV 855 - Bring Back Your Love To Me (Vocal by Dan Nordbye, formerly RB 181)
- RIV 854 - Are You Lonesome Tonight (Vocal by Scott Smith from Chic Recordings, formerly RB 3009)
- RIV 853 - Swing Down Sweet Chariot (Vocal by Ted Kennedy, formerly RB 3066)
- RIV 842 - Bluegrass Swing (Patter)
- RIV 841 - Forest Falcons (Patter)
- RIV 840 - Cotton Pickers (Patter)
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