Do people in North Carolina really sound like this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAqm5ls8Ep8
The guy on the right's pretty spot-on for some of the more "rural" population, I reckon. I swear the guy on the left has to be joking (or from the mountains). The urban population speaks with a relatively neutral American accent, though you're also likely to encounter ebonics. Also, note that while my accent is not very southern, I did use "reckon" as a synonym of "suppose," so take that as you will.
I'm used to people who talk like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGyR-uGM6KQ or this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tee41DY24zs. Do you think they have an accent? It sounds normal/accentless to me.
Every speaker has an accent of some sort. When Americans say they don't have an accent, they're usually referring to a Midwestern accent or one that resembles it, as such accents are widespread in media. But it's still not 'accentless.' Case and point: British actors do American accents.
Case and point? It's a doggy dog world out there. Don't take grammar for granite. Mistakes are a diamond dozen.
Eat, shit, and die.
OP is spot-on for western nc; on the eastern, rural half of the state the accent degenerates into something similar but with less length on each word
I live in Randolph county (right in the middle of the state and with more livestock than people) and I hear more of an accent everytime I go visit my parents... it's a cozy accent imo