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"While those United States Of Americans have always drawn on their colourful history for song fodder, it's more difficult to draw on Australia's past in the same way. There's a certain romanticising of the American landscape that makes writing about the Mississippi mean more than writing about the Murray-Darling, or that singing about Billy The Kid or Jesse James carries more weight than Ned Kelly or Captain Moonlight. Writing songs drawing from our nation's past always carries with it a risk of falling into second-rate bush balladry and few pull it off. The Drones' Gareth Lidiard and Glenn Richards of Augie March pull it off. And Justin Walshe can count himself among them.
What Walshe does here is not just tell the tales of shipwrecks and deserting camp but create the details and the characters within the tales honestly. The album doesn't just call up tales of yesteryear and capture it with some banjos and a folk aesthetic. Instead Walshe inhabits that sound enough to write contemporary songs in that style, likeThe Homecoming Shamboozle and Miss Whisky.
Since he relocated to the port city and kick started the Machine a few years ago Walshe has amassed a reputation for a roaring live show – even if he's only MCing an evening. With the band in full flight he's a foot stomping, brawling inducing folk-rocker, not some fireside balladeer. Walking To China manages to capture that raucousness under his own production, making for one triumphant album." Drum Media
"A modern classic."  Rhythms Magazine

“Walshe is a storyteller in the classic troubadour tradition. His lyrical style is flamboyant and tricky with a natural flair for wordplay…His epic yarns are fleshed out with the effortless precision expected from an accomplished team of musicians with an extensive bag of tricks. The resultant sound is full and meaty, part campfire hoedown, part Ryan Adams-style pining acoustics; with Rhyll Wilson’s vocals providing an appreciated delicacy to Walshe’s heavy twang.” Drum Media

"Not much beats the feeling one gets when taking a punt on the unknown and coming up trumps, which is exactly what'll happen to anyone willing to track down Fremantle-based folk/country quintet The Justin Walshe Folk Machine. Taken from their debut album The Man Without A Bag, 'Love Machine' is a hilarious five-minute rambling about sexual escapades all over town. And while that may sound horribly cheesy, it refuses to be reduced to such ground due to Walshe's lyrical wit. Proving they can also be serious, equally impressive B-sides 'Without You Around' and 'Bark River' are in turn touching and haunting country ballads" Time Off Magazine