Tommy Kib(odeaux) is a Crazy Cajun boy that grew up halfway between Bayou Quoi de Tortue and the world Famous Florence (Water Foul Hunting) Club, in "downtown" Gueydan, LA. Most of his childhood was spent within walking distance of International Duck Festival grounds. Music was always playing in the soundtrack of Tommy's life. Whether it was his Maw Maw SnowWhite stacking up several LP's on the record player in the big console letting it play most of the day as she cooked from scratch, tended the garden, or made quilts for various causes, with all the cousins running around, or riding along with his Dad ("Green Sprout" on the CB) in his pickup or big rig. When riding with Green Sprout, if the heads weren't bobbin' he'd take to turn knobbin..
The formative years were filled with wonderful musical performance mentorships traded for ordinary chores. Probably the best example was Andy "King" Smith teaching us how to sing old soul with swagger, or what songs were hot on the hotel lounge circuit, and what tempos kept the dance floors busy, in return for a little help in his garden or small engine repair shop.
Taking the "show" to college, almost before knowing where the class rooms were, Tommy had made several picking and grinning cowboy and songwriter friends. Most of these rodeo team scholarship recipients lived in apartments right off of campus close to the Newman Center/Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish where Tommy played almost daily for Mass after being spotted by the nun that first taught him guitar back in 3rd grade.
Later in life, he moved away from the mother land of La Luzianne, to a big city in Texas and working day jobs for supporting the increased cost of living was the new norm..Tommy thirsted heavily to nourish his Cajun roots. Tommy realized more how much all that music he had been around all during the pre-Big City years was ingrained into his Cajun heritage. Being homesick can be a healthy muse and work wonders for inspiring cultural preservation involvement. Since that realization, it has been most of my musical mission to preserve and promote the beautiful Cajun culture in what I do, whether it's doing a full on set of Cajun Classics at the first heckle for some squeezebox, making sure the crawfish are happy and dancing as they are thrown into the boiling water, or adding a little Cajun Spice or South Louisiana swing to a country or blues standard.
Tommy realizes that he might often be about half a generation off, playing dance hall and honky tonk music to a screen hypnotized generation that doesn't dance, most of the time... but yet, at the same time, there's usually at least one person with some connection to Cajun Country. Once that connection is made, "It's ON PECAN"! That's when the discussion begins about the importance of teaching some "young'ns" how to dance, and thus the mission is a success.
The goal of Tommy Kib's music in its most simple form is to make 'em dance, teach them a thing or two about South Louisiana and make sure that everyone there passed a good time!