Country Music Hall of Fame member and three-time CMA Awards winner Bill Anderson surprised Roland with the honor at the CMA Awards press conference.

In presenting the 37th recipient with the award, Anderson said to press conference attendees, “Even the pros look to Tom Roland. He’s one of country music’s bedrock authorities.”

“At every significant juncture in my life, some song was there to act as comfort, to punctuate the joy or to assure me that I wasn’t entirely alone,” Roland said. “Music is really important, and to get an award for simply trying to convey little pieces of how it works — or how it’s made and marketed — is awesome. And surprisingly meaningful. Much appreciation for this!

Source : Billboard