Rodney Carrington

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Rodney Carrington
Birth name Rodney Scott Carrington [1]
Born (1968-10-19) October 19, 1968 (age 46)
Longview, Texas[2]
Medium Stand-Up, television, radio
Nationality American
Years active 1999-present
Genres Country, comedy
Website rodneycarringtoncom

Rodney Scott Carrington (born October 19, 1968) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and country music artist. He has released six major-label studio albums and a greatest-hits package, on Mercury Records and Capitol Records. His comedy act typically combines stand-up comedy and original songs. Carrington has also starred in the sitcom Rodney and in the 2008 film Beer for My Horses.

Biography[edit]

Rodney Carrington lived in Longview, Texas, from 1988 to 1990.[3] Carrington worked as a comedian in local venues, gaining exposure through radio programs such as The Bob and Tom Show.

Major-label career[edit]

Carrington's first album, Hangin' with Rodney, was released in 1998 via Mercury Records Nashville. This album, composed of both standup comedy and original songs, contained the non-charting single "Letter to My Penis" and peaked at No. 73 on Top Country Albums. He moved to Capitol Nashville for his next album, 2000's Morning Wood. It was his first Top 20 album, and it brought him to the singles charts for the first time with "More of a Man", which reached No. 71 on Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs). After it came the live album Live: C'mon Laugh You Bastards, which did not chart.

Carrington's third release for Capitol was 2003's Nut Sack. It included the single "Don't Look Now" which reached No. 60. A Greatest Hits package followed in 2004. This album comprised selections from his Capitol recordings on two discs: stand-up routines on one disc, and songs on the other. It also included his first non-comedy song, "Things We Didn't Know." Also in 2004, Carrington made his acting debut in Rodney, a sitcom based largely on his own life which aired on ABC for two seasons.[2] He released King of the Mountains in 2007, and in 2008 he appeared in the film Beer for My Horses.

King of the Mountains contains his second serious song, "Angel Friend", a tribute to his best friend Barry Martin, who died suddenly in 2003.

El Niño Loco, his sixth Capitol album, was released in 2009. The latter album is composed entirely of songs, a first for Carrington. And it also contains his 3rd non-comedy song "Funny Man".

Later in 2009, Carrington released his first Christmas album, Make It Christmas. The first single from the album, "Camouflage and Christmas Lights" became his first Top 40 country hit in December 2009.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Carrington was resident for a number of years in Bixby, Oklahoma, a suburb of Tulsa,[5][6] where he still lives[7] and where his 2004–2006 sitcom was set.[8] Married for 18 years, he went through a divorce in 2012.[9][10] He has three sons.[11]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country
[12]
US
[13]
US Comedy
[14]
US
Heat

[15]
Hangin' with Rodney 73
Morning Wood 18 153 6
Nut Sack
  • Release date: February 11, 2003
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
  • Formats: CD
14 82
King of the Mountains
  • Release date: April 3, 2007
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
  • Formats: CD, music download
15 68 2
El Niño Loco
  • Release date: June 16, 2009
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
  • Formats: CD, music download
19 76 2
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country
[12]
US
[13]
US Comedy
[14]
Greatest Hits
  • Release date: February 24, 2004
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
  • Formats: CD, music download
11 112 3

Holiday albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions
US Country
[12]
Make It Christmas
  • Release date: August 11, 2009
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
  • Formats: CD, music download
56

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details
Live: C'mon Laugh You Bastards
  • Release date: October 23, 2001
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
  • Formats: CD

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
[18]
1998 "Letter to My Penis" Hangin' with Rodney
1999 "Dancin' with a Man"
2000 "More of a Man" 71 Morning Wood
2003 "Don't Look Now" 60 Nut Sack
2007 "Show Them to Me" King of the Mountains
2009 "If I'm the Only One" El Niño Loco
"Camouflage and Christmas Lights" 31 Make It Christmas
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1998 "Dancin' with a Man"
2000 "More of a Man"
2009 "If I'm the Only One" Nick Searcy

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/gregg/vitals/births/1968/greggb68.txt
  2. ^ a b Ankeny, Jason. "Rodney Carrington biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  3. ^ "ABC star Rodney Carrington to address KC students," Kilgore College press release, retrieved December 19, 2008.
  4. ^ "Services". USA Today. 
  5. ^ Karen Shade, "Laugh 'til it hurts: PKD is no joking matter to comedian Rodney Carrington." Tulsa World, September 10, 2006  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  6. ^ "Hollywood taught Bixby actor a big lesson," Tulsa World, August 8, 2008.[dead link]
  7. ^ Warren Kulo, "Rodney Carrington performing at Beau Rivage this Friday/Saturday", The Mississippi Press, February 24, 2014.
  8. ^ John Crook, "'Rodney' has heartland appeal", Chicago Tribune, September 19, 2004.
  9. ^ Doug Elfman, "Singing comedian single again and liking it", Las Vegas Review-Journal, December 6, 2012.
  10. ^ Todd Chance, "Rodney Carrington crass but openly honest in LaughFest performance", MLive.com, March 18, 2012.
  11. ^ "Rodney Carrington on his children: They're good boys", People.com, September 24, 2007.
  12. ^ a b c "Rodney Carrington Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  13. ^ a b "Rodney Carrington Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  14. ^ a b "Rodney Carrington Album & Song Chart History - Comedy Albums". Billboard. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Billboard - Google Books - September 2, 2000". Billboard. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  16. ^ "American albums certifications – Rodney Carrington – Morning Wood". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select ', then click SEARCH
  17. ^ "American albums certifications – Rodney Carrington – Greatest Hits". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select ', then click SEARCH
  18. ^ "Rodney Carrington Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 

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