At it's most elemental, rock has some reference to blues and country forms. In the case of Kate Schrock's music, the references cannot be missed. Her first CD, Refuge, with it's spare organ, voice, and piano arrangement, serves up a wide range of rock and gospel. And while her lyrics spring from the sagacious and penetratingly honest tone of writers like Joni Mitchell, the self-expression and particularly female point of view - especially on points of love and the heart - go back to a tradition that begins with Bessie Smith. Much of the CD has the familiar ring of piano, acoustic guitar, and voice developed by the rock minstrels of the last three decades, but she takes it a step farther. Her singing has an offhand, recitative style which pushes the bounds of the usual hook-driven pop song. But it's the broad and restless intelligence, truthful experience, and cutting wisdom of her words that make her music ring true to the rock minstrel heritage. Titus Levi KEYBOARD MAGAZINE.