By DOUG WILSON
Herald-Whig Senior Writer
Bridgette Tatum said she was put on earth to make music.
"It's what I love and what I do," Tatum said.
The singer/song writer will have a chance to do just that on Thursday when she takes the stage at the Adams County Fair.
Tatum performed in Western Illinois in May when she accompanied Kristy Lee Cook to the Sporting Clays for Scouting event at Harpole's Heartland Lodge in Nebo. Tatum played guitar and sang backup for Cook before singing lead on some of her own songs.
"This is great. This is country living," Tatum said of the sporting clays and mini-concert.
Tatum is a native of Florence, S.C., and has lived in Nashville for several years honing her craft. She writes music, sometimes alone and sometimes in cooperation with other artists.
Lots of people know Tatum's music even if they don't recognize her name. She co-wrote the song "She's Country," which went the top of the Country-Western charts when Jason Aldean recorded it in 2009. Tatum's song "Loud" also became the theme song for the Atlantic Coast Conference football program in 2010.
Admission to the Adams County Fairgrounds near Mendon will cost $7 on Thursday and the admission includes the grandstand concert at 7:30 p.m.
"We'd love to see a big crowd to hear her," said Fred Cory, who brought Tatum to the sporting clays event.