Dwight Yoakam.

Dwight Yoakam.

Dwight Yoakam added to ‘Rockin’ River’ Festival

Country music legend Dwight Yoakam will play B.C.’s largest country music festival, the Rockin’ River Music Festival Aug. 9-11 in Mission.

Country music legend Dwight Yoakam will play B.C.’s largest country music festival, the Rockin’ River Music Festival Aug. 9-11 in Mission.

Festival organizers are thrilled to announce Yoakam — who will be presented the Country Music Association’s Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award Sept. 24 in Nashville, Tennessee — will join 2012 Rockin’ River Music Festival confirmed lineup that includes Blue Rodeo (Ontario), Randy Bachman (B.C. Gulf Islands), George Canyon (Nova Scotia), Ridley Bent (Vancouver), One More Girl (Vancouver), Aaron Pritchett (Pitt Meadows), The Higgins (Delta), Victoria Banks (Ontario, and 2010 Canadian Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year), and Karen Lee Batten (Abbotsford).

Also on the bill are Kenny Hess (Mission, Abbotsford), Brent Lee (Squamish, Mission), Tyler Whelan (Alberta), Todd Richards (Harrison), Chris Buck Band (Vancouver), The Matinée (Vancouver), Shane Chisholm (Alberta) and Stacey McKitrick (Abbotsford).

“Yoakam brings one of country music’s biggest names to Rockin’ River,” says Hess, the festival’s organizer and one of its performers. “This year’s Rockin’ River is bigger and better than any of its previous years.”

The Lower Mainland’s most-attended country music festival is bigger and better in 2012 with the event expanding to a three-night-long event for the first time in its four-year history. Rockin’ River Music Festival takes place Aug. 9-11 at Mission Raceway Park, 32670 Dyke Rd., Mission.

Rockin’ River Music Festival tickets and camping reservations — along with lineup information — are now available at rockinriverfest.com. Tickets are also available at Lower Mainland Lordco outlets and select London Drugs locations June 1.

For more information check out rockinriverfest.com, facebook.com/rockinriver, email info@rockinriver.com, or call the Rockin’ River Hotline at 604-733-2235.

Rockin’ River Music Festival Lineup (showtimes to be determined)

Thursday Aug. 9: Brent Lee, Tyler Whelan, Karen Lee Batten, and Aaron Pritchett

Friday Aug. 10: Chris Buck Band, Todd Richard, The Higgins, Victoria Banks, Kenny Hess, Dwight Yoakam, and Randy Bachman

Saturday Aug. 11: Stacey McKitrick, Shane Chisholm, The Matinée, Ridley Bent, One More Girl, George Canyon, and Blue Rodeo