Raised in Chicoutimi, Israel Proulx grew up with a singer-songwriter father and a harmonica-playing grandfather, and influenced by Western singer Marcel Martel. When he was five, his grandmother gave him an Elvis Presley record, and he listened to Jailhouse Rock for hours on end. Proulx took up the piano, learning to play the boogie woogie. Starting in the late 1990s, he travelled the province for 10 years before joining the Montréal rockabilly band, The Howlin' Hound Dogs in 2009. Following that he had his own band, in various incarnations: Iz and the Two Tone Rockers, The Israel Proulx Trio, and Israel Proulx and the 3 Alley Cats, playing a mix of boogie woogie and Québécois Western. In June 2011, he played the Rockabilly Rave Festival in Camber Sands, England. Two years later, Proulx released the album Mr. Frantic on the famous Wild label.