Acclaimed singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson’s career spans more than four decades of hits. He has received numerous awards including the Grammy Living Legend Award, NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award, Kennedy Center Honors, and the National Medal of Arts Award from the President of the United States. He has also been inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.

At this stage of his life, you could forgive Smokey Robinson if he coasted on his past glories; during his time at Motown, the now 83-year-old icon wrote some of the most enduring songs in American history. But Robinson still feels the need to create. His latest album Gasms — his first recording of all new material in 14 years — was released this spring.

Robinson joined us in the Gumbo Kitchen to talk about the new album and more.