"To my mind, having them (The Clinch Mountain Boys) on your album would be like having a little group called the Beatles helping you out just a little here and there. The effect of listening to the album has been compared to when Steve Earle worked with the Del McCoury Band, a genre crossing effort you don’t want to miss". 10/10 stars!
"Roothog Radio" Texas
"Uptempo with a splash of humour....largely original songs that sound like old-time string band with a modern twist. It is not unusual for country artists to associate themselves with bluegrass. In the past Tom T. Hall, Dolly Parton, Janie Fricke, John Denver and Steve Earle have recorded with bluegrass bands. I welcome Todd Novak to that illustrious group!"
“Raspberry Moonshine is a welcome addition to the Old-timey cannon and a innovative New-timey exploration in equal and enjoyable measure.
UKcountryradio.com "The Medicine Show"
“This is a blast of fresh air: half an hour or so of exuberant mountain music played with a huge sense of fun and a real rocking drive.
it's mostly just pure dead brilliant and those Clinch Mountain Boys are a wonder to hear. If you liked what Steve Earle did with the Del McCoury Band, you'll love this.
Flyinshoes Review UK Webzine
“Todd Novak takes you on a ride down the Americana highway, through a landscape covered in bluegrass, dotted with stands of country, folk, and rock, and inhabited by hot licks, clever wordplay, and catchy melodies.
California Bluegrass Association "Bluegrass Breakdown"
“Todd revisits some Cowlicks gems along with introducing new material. It all works incredibly well. If you’re a fan of the Cowlicks this is all the more essential to your collection. Ralph Stanley himself sings on one track!
Bill Frater - Freight Train Boogie
Freight Train Boogie
"Todd Novak has a unique way of turning a phrase and he has a knack of putting together melodies that stick in your head. Plus his singing is right on pitch. It was my pleasure to get to be a part of the "Raspberry Moonshine"" project. It is a very good album!" ”
James A. Shelton: lead guitarist of Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys
“Another great project from Todd Novak, who never disappoints! Sweet licks, tasty riffs and beautiful songwriting. Novak always provides "go to" recordings, the "Raspberry Moonshine" disc is one of my new favorite listens!
"I love my Todd Novak recordings, and so does everyone else - they keep disappearing from my collection!
Holly Lane music reviews
“Raspberry Moonshine is Todd Novak's first solo album, recorded in Virginia with the Cinch Mountain Boys. The title implies a rollicking good time, and the music delivers. Some tracks are Cowlicks standards that Todd and the Cinch Mountain Boys revisit, exploring new areas of familiar musical spaces.. These all sound so new and fresh that even if you have all three Cowlicks CDs (and you should), you definitely won't feel like you're duplicating your collection after buying Raspberry Moonshine. Blended in with the new treatments of older material are several new tracks, written specifically for this project. All of them meet the high standards of writing and musicianship inherent in Todd's work. Raspberry Moonshine is a raucous musical journey into modern Americana. (or, as Todd has aptly described it, Ameri-grass.) Some of the stops are familiar, some are brand new, and they're all fun, interesting, and exciting enough that you'll want to go back again and again. ”
Doug Tabner Music Reviews
Todd Novak's new album just makes me smile every time I listen to it. Sure, he has a huge list of big-name personel helping him out, but there are no show-offs here, just one well written and performed song after another. Raspberry Moonshine is full of surprises and should not be missed.
D. Whitebread music reviews
“I am not a bluegrass/Americana fan, admittedly. Or I wasn't until now! I love this album, mp3, download, whatever it is. The harmonies are polished, the music is joyful, the instrumentation is stellar and the music builds nicely. Great mix. Clever lyrics. Can't find a thing that I don't like. Every song is catchy and it will grow on you daily. FIVE STARS!
Daryl Storey- singer songwriter
"Raspberry Moonshine - Bluegrass with a bit of humour. Sure to please
the Die Hards as well as the folks that love contemporary Bluegrass.
I love this Cd."
La Honda Voice
“Hay! Hay! Moo! Moo!
Bluegrass music won't make you blue
Moo! Moo! Hay! Hay!
Todd's new album deserves a play.
Jon DeLong music reviews
“Todd Novak with the Clinch Mountain Boys. Moonshine, Trains and Murder , and a rabbit dog poem, translates to the best bluegrass, Americana album of the year. ”