Garr Lange was born and raised on Whidbey Island, Washington. After getting his degree at Washington State University, he took his talent for writing music and plays to New York City, where he combined both those skills in an off-off Broadway production of his play, 18 Ks. Recordings from that production led him to sign with an Artist Management Group, All-Out Entertainment, based in Los Angeles, as a singer-songwriter. He also agreed to representation from the William Morris Agency as a playwright. The management group folded and his agent was let go by WMA, so Garr searched for greener pastures in Boston.
Shortly after moving, Garr formed the band, The Big Rig, an assemblage of some of Bostons finest musicians. His unique style of soulful country-rock-rhythm and blues, garnered much attention from the Boston music community, in a town where he was definitely outside of the rock-n-roll norm. He won the Boston Music Foundation/ASCAP award for