Sylvia Ryerson is a fiddler player originally from Massachusetts. In college, Ryerson studied the rapid growth of prisons in Appalachia. This and her love of traditional music brought her to Whitesburg, Kentucky, and specifically to Appalshop, a multi-disciplinary arts center. Ryerson is the public affairs director at WMMT, Appalshop’s radio station, and hosts a radio show called Hot 88.7 Hip Hop from the Hill Top/Calls from Home. Ryerson also participates in the Traditional Music Project by teaching elementary students Appalachian fiddle.