In the Bible, it’s written, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” What it doesn’t say is that the truth will be brought to the masses courtesy of country singer-comedian Rodney Carrington.
But what the Bible doesn’t reveal, Carrington promises to tell when he brings his “Here Comes the Truth” tour at 8 p.m. Nov. 27 to the Grande Exposition Hall in the Silver Legacy Resort Casino.
His credibility for “All Things True” comes in the form of a nearly 20-year career in which Carrington has released eight major-label albums; starred in his own television sitcom, “Rodney” for two seasons; co-starred and co-wrote with Toby Keith the 2008 film, “Beer for My Horses”; and has a full-length comedy special, “Laughter’s Good” showing on Netflix.
Now, the truth isn’t always pretty and Carrington, 47, doesn’t sugarcoat it nary at all. His observations and ruminations are bold, often crude and filled with expletives. Carrington’s truth is not sanitized for minors.
If you’ve never seen Carrington perform, don’t judge him by the black cowboy hat, jeans and flannel shirts he usually wears on stage, or by his distinctly western-drawl, which he inherited growing up in Longview, Texas.
There is little content that Carrington avoids, but what he will talk about, he won’t reveal in an interview with the Reno Gazette-Journal.
When asked to describe the act he’ll bring to Reno, Carrington simply wrote, “It involves a tiny penis and a jolly soul.”
Although the answer may seem dismissive at first, it’s actually just the truth. One of Carrington’s greatest assets as a performer is his ability to connect with the everyday working man and woman.
Onstage, Carrington often laughs at his own jokes and always has a smile on his face. He also has a peculiar penchant for his private parts.
Carrington’s introduction to the masses came in 1998 with his debut album, “Hangin’ with Rodney.” It was a blend of comedy and original country tunes, including his cult single “Letter to My Penis.” The album peaked at No. 71 on the comedy charts. His next album, “Morning Wood,” came out in 2000, featured the hit song “More Than a Man” and cracked the top 20 on the comedy charts.
His third studio album was 2003’s “Nut Sack,” featuring the single “Don’t Look Now,” which reached No. 60 on the charts.
It was around this time that Carrington, who had long been working comedy clubs and venues around the country, found prime-time success when he was given his own television sitcom, “Rodney.” Based on his real life, the show lasted for two seasons from 2004 to 2006 on ABC.
When asked to briefly describe his sitcom experience, Carrington said: “It’s too much work, for too little pay.”
The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, summed up in eight words.
In 2008, Carrington co-wrote and co-starred with his good friend Toby Keith in the film “Beer for My Horses.” One year later, he released “El Nino Loco” and that was it until he put out “Laughter’s Good” on his newly created record label, Laughter’s Good Records. It’s the first album Carrington has created that wasn’t released by Capitol Nashville, his former record label.
Carrington went five years between the release of his latest album and “El Nino Loco.” The reason for the long hiatus was a painful divorce in 2012 after 18 years of marriage to Terri Carrington. The couple has three children together, Sam, George and Zac.
Carrington was brief in explaining how it feels to have new material to perform: “It feels really good. Really.Good.”
But in his comedy special, “Laughter’s Good” on Netflix, Carrington is plenty loquacious. In it, Carrington shares openly his views about his family life, church, Christianity, terrorism and virgins, among others things. He does so through standard joke-telling and also playing humorous songs on his guitar.
However, Carrington’s music is more than simply a vehicle for his humor. Although most of his songs are funny or silly in nature, Carrington said he loved making music as a child and started playing the piano as a teenager.
However, a guitar being much lighter and more portable than a piano, Carrington said he learned a few chords on a guitar and slowly incorporated that into his comedy routine.
When he’s not spreading his truths to live audiences around the country, Carrington shares his points-of-view via a YouTube series he created called “Bit By Bit.” In it, he releases new material. It comes out at 1 p.m. PST every Tuesday on YouTube.
As for any future truths, desires or projects that Carrington has planned, he’s keeping them to himself, save one.
“I recently built a new flower bed in my yard,” Carrington wrote in response to being asked about future projects. “I’m hoping to do more of that.”