Thanks to a little opening-act help from Hootie and the Blowfish and Collective Soul, the guys in Charleston-based Southwood have been making a name for themselves throughout the Southeast. Their new EP, Dixiana, is a Hootie-meets-Tom Petty ode to hot summer days and walks along Folly Beach. “We wanted to tell some stories that resonated within us,” lead singer Mitch Wetherington says. “We were able to really express ourselves with Dixiana, and I think you can hear it in the songs,” guitarist Henri Gates says. Southwood is playing an EP release party at Midtown Bar and Grill Jan. 29, and the first 20 attendees get a free copy of Dixiana. For music and more info, visitsouthwoodband.com.