110. Bob Nastanovich

The Iowa Idea: Bob Nastanovich 

“Lester P. Jenkins”

On this episode of The Iowa Idea Podcast, I’m joined by Bob Nastanovich, a resident of Des Moines, IA.  Bob is an American musician and member of the indie rock band Pavement, as well as a former member of Silver Jews. In addition to his career in music, Bob is a thoroughbred enthusiast and works at Prairie Meadows racetrack in Altoona, IA.

We talk about Bob’s journey from growing up in Richmond, VA, driving buses in New York City, to touring with indie rock bands, to his work in horseracing, and running a record label. Bob also cohosts the podcast “3 Song Pod” with Mike Hogan. Bob shares how is interests in both music and horseracing were cultivated throughout his formative years Richmond.

I appreciated Bob sharing some fantastic stories and perspectives about his careers in music and horseracing, as well as his openness to my questions and playing along with as we nerded out about Vic Chestnutt. The title of this episode, Lester P. Jenkins, is in honor of Bob’s time as a bus driver in New York City.

Pavement will be touring Europe in 2022. As for Bob and I teaming up to write the next great arena sports anthem, we’ll have to wait and see.

It was an honor having Bob on the show. I hope you enjoy the episode.

About Bob



Bob on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bnastanovich

The 3 Song Pod on Twitter: https://twitter.com/3songspod

The 3 Song Pod Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/3-songs-podcast/id1278507191?mt=2

Pavement – https://pavementband.com/

Vic Chestnutt “Little” because y’all should check it out – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_(album)


Episode produced by Spark Consulting Group (www.inspiredbyspark.com) in Iowa City, with support from Executive Podcast Solutions (https://www.executivepodcastsolutions.com/).

The Iowa Idea Podcast theme music written and performed by Paisley Bible (https://paisleybible.bandcamp.com/).