22 May, 2019 – 1 June, 2019See Tour Schedule >
American300 returns this Memorial Day for a week of performances during the 10th Annual Wrangler National Patriot Tour. Rodeo stars Annie Bianco, Cassandra Sotos, and Britney Truman showcase their roping skills while musicians Lucas Hoge and Haydn Vitero bring intimate musical performances to the troops.
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Known throughout the western community as ‘Outlaw Annie’, the
World Champion Mounted Shooting Cowgirl is back on tour after missing last year’s WNP. For seven years Annie has been involved with this DoD Armed Forces Entertainment Tribute and Salute tour during Memorial Day and there is literally nowhere she’d rather be at the end of May then with our Troops. Just two years ago, she was able to communicate remotely with her brother Command Sergeant Major Paul Bianco from his deployed location in Afghanistan, during the tour. Simply put: Annie is an American Cowgirl Military Family Member - Patriot. Whether sharing real life stories of riding fast and shooting straight or simply relating to our Troops, Outlaw Annie is pure joy to have around all our Service Members on Memorial Day.
Joining the Wrangler National Patriots for the first time is Cassandra 'Cat' Sotos, internally renowned violinist - singer songwriter and American Patriot. She's a fiddle shredding new artist that hangs her hat in Nashville when back at home. Cat began her musical journey at the early age of 4 when she first picked up a violin. Over the years she's played on stages ranging from honky tonks and dive bars, but today she's often times found performing to sold out audiences of 100s of thousands along side Indian superstar Arigit Singh. Cat can't wait to meet our Service Members on her first Armed Forces Entertainment tour.
Born and raised on a ranch in Arizona by a professional rodeo family, Brittney took to rodeo competition at an early age. It was at the recommendation of friends that the professional cowgirl and aspiring actress try-out for the title of Miss Rodeo Arizona. Based on equestrian knowledge and skills, rodeo historical knowledge and spokesperson capabilities - Brittney won and become Miss Rodeo Arizona 2014. The following year she was asked by Wrangler to take on the duties as spokesperson for the Wrangler National Patriot program. Today, Brittney continues to act professionally throughout the Phoenix area. She is also an aspiring singer/songwriter. This will be her second Armed Forces Entertainment Wrangler National Memorial Day Tour.
In 2009, Jeff approached Robi Powers and American300 with the concept of connecting the western lifestyle community with our Service Members. At the same time, Powers was working with Armed Forces Entertainment to develop a themed Memorial Day Tour that could focus on saluting service and honoring the sacrifices made by our military members. Through a combined effort the 'Armed Forces Entertainment Wrangler National Patriot Memorial Day Tour' was born...showcasing Americana and saluting our Service Members while Honoring the Sacrifices during this hollowed week each year was born. Mr. Chadwick, is a senior director with the Wrangler Corporation and himself a former professional cowboy. Jeff has been on 9 WNP Tours.
After the WNPT Tours first year in Iraq, Powers debriefed with Armed Forces Entertainment staff members and it was decided that adding a musical component to the tour would increase the overall Americana effect and them of the tour. The question was who could be vetted to fit the team dynamic which was noted to be incredibly troop centric and focused. Lucas Hoge fit the bill. He'd toured Iraq the previous year on a NAF funded tour and the feedback was very positive. He was also putting out top 50 country singles back in Nashville. To further enhance his likability, Hoge was serving as a national spokesperson for Soldiers Angels, a nonprofit focused on fostering pets of deployed Service Members.
Hadyn Vitera has made his mark sharing the stage with headliners as divers as Grammy winners Los Lonely Boys, Rock En Espanol pioneers Los Enanitos Verdes and 80's rock legends Dokken. His music has been featured on various on-screen projects including Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. Hadyn has been featured on stage with legendary George Strait and the iconic Stevie Wonder and most recently, has joined the Electrify Your Strings program as an Artist Mentor.