Meet Our Guides - Twisted Texas

Travis Turntable

Born with a silver Spoon album in his mouth, Travis Turntable was raised in a locally revered (and mourned) used-music store, Cheapo Records, which his hippy-turned-investment-banker father had built in the backyard of their sprawling Old West Austin home. When Travis turned 18, his Nanny (aka “the Music, maaaan”) encouraged him to shun his privilege and begin his existential journey in search for answers, a journey which took him to the banks of Okkervil River and the location of Ghostland Observatory, where, under explosions in the sky, he discovered what made Milwaukee famous and the true relationship between iron and wine. Despite nearly falling asleep at the wheel, Travis returned home, guided by the lights of the ACL music festival, which, he later realized, was where he was all along. It was quite a…trip. Now a local legend himself, Travis Turntable has devoted himself to guiding others toward those bright Austin lights.

Amber Pennybacker

Amber’s online dating profile says she prefers a linebacker, but she’ll take a dime back, or really anything but Nickelback. She’s the Van Wilder of the University of Texas…a student who loves those longhorns so much she just can’t stand to leave (though she technically graduated back in 2005). Her UT claim to fame is that she’s a distant cousin of one Jessie Andrews–the first female student (and teacher!) at UT back in the 1880s. So you could say Longhorn pride is in her blood (along with a high percentage of alcohol from all the tailgating)! Amber spends her days on campus wearing ALL burnt orange and throwing out a Texas-sized ton of ‘Hook ‘Em, Horns’ pride!

Tyson Dhye

Tyson “Ty” Dhye was born in Canada. His father was an American Indian, and his mother was a woman from Africa who had moved to Quebec for an easier life in the early 70s. Which makes Tyson… you guessed it: Adopted. Born in the early 1980s, Tyson feels like he missed out on the best generation, and is doing everything he can to bring back Peace, Love, and Rock & Roll. So far, he isn’t doing so well, and this may be due to people confusing him for some kind of pirate.

Tyson was drawn to the city of Austin due to a deep spiritual connection that goes beyond the physical realm. He claims that he can hear the very soul of the city speak to him; that he loves this city and isn’t afraid to show it. (Though the last time he tried, the city said: “Not today Tyson, I have a headache”). Whether any of that is true or not is hard to say. What is true for sure is that Tyson is a fan of music, is currently seeking a beer that he can call his ‘favorite’, and thinks that meeting new people is positively groovy.

The Wizard of AUS

Meagan can be found behind the curtain, masterminding the takeover of Austin with our wild and weird Twisted Texas Tours. Having perfected the art of answering a phone, jotting down brief messages, and typing during her stint as an undercover secretary in the Kremlin, Meagan holds the keys to your reservations and all of our future happiness. And yes, she will grant you a free wish, as long as it’s for a brain, a heart, or a quick transport back to Kansas.