AN ALLOA blues musician has released a deeply personal new song as he continues his campaign to cross the Atlantic for a life-changing show.

Iain Donald, 37, who performs as The Gator, unveiled his new track Dunoon Boat Song, which focuses on reconnecting with a past love and meeting his son for the first time.

The single comes as he looks to attend the Alice Mae Blues Festival in Mississippi, USA, in 2023.

He was offered an invite to perform at the event and has been fundraising to cover the costs of travel ever since.

Speaking to the Advertiser about his latest track, he said: "The song is called Dunoon Boat song because I wrote it on the ferry whilst going to meet my partner.

"I tried to make a song that was all soul and no words so that when you hear the story, I've played it in a way that makes complete sense."

The Gator received his call up to the well known festival after hill country blues music legend Garry Burnside heard him play.

"We interviewed him for a podcast and afterwards Garry heard me play guitar on Facebook and he messaged me inviting me to the festival next year," he explained.

"As a blues player, you can only imagine how massive that is."

The Gator co-hosts a radio station with fellow blues musician and partner Fiona "Gaulty" Gault which can be listened to on Spotify and most other streaming platforms.

Together, they discuss all things blues and invite local musicians onto their show to interview them.