They draw from his roots, and when one blossoms in its bright colors, it usually begets another. For a reason he could not yet articulate, he began to film scenes of evergreen forests swooping, mountain peaks crescendoing and prairies trilling with blue grasses blown by wild winds. Ignatius in , he realized he was being moved by the memory of the man who introduced him to the land: the old Native American fiddle player who drove him across Montana when he was a small boy with a big, flat-top guitar, because their duo could entertain the regulars of any ranch town, reservation village or roadside tavern. It was his grandfather, Vic Cordier — a tough logger, a tougher judge, a freewheeling fiddler and ace teller of a blue joke. He wanted to do it in front of an audience that spanned the world and while attempting the most ambitious performance of his distinguished career. Ryan picks a blonde Telecaster and grins wide. The way the grandson and grandfather relate to each other hints at their deep bond. When Tim Ryan Rouillier turned 7, his grandpa took him on the road.
Billings violinist Trevor Krueger joins Tim Ryan Rouillier in "My Grandpa's Fiddle."
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He spent his childhood on a ranch in St. Ignatius, Montana, not far from the Flathead Indian Reservation. Ryan 's family is proof of the "great American melting pot. Politics, in one form or another, seemed a family calling. Ryan 's father was the town mayor, but he was also a musician. He was the one who started teaching Ryan about music when he was only four years old, eventually learning to play the drums, fiddle, and guitar.
It was squeaky and unpleasant, but Vic was able to attract a crowd. Vic tells the story that he found same fiddle he plays today in the attic of an abandoned farm house when he was a kid. He picked it up, and immediately started teaching himself.