Their accents were distinct and to the trained ear, one could tell them apart from the Mountain folk. They spoke a little faster and would say they did not sound, “Country”. They did not call their Mountain brethren Hillbillies, that is a nasty word and if one must use the derogatory phrase, it would have to be applied to folks that hailed from the deep Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky and West Virginia. North Carolina is a bit more cosmopolitan.
The Charlottean accent is soft and has a cadence and a way of ordering words that is distinctive. Notably, they did not take tremendous care in enunciating syllables, especially the latter syllables in a word. They would rarely if ever pronounce the “g” on any word ending in “ing”. Only when they are feeling very Southern or have had a few drinks do they drop the "r" and pronounced it “ah”, but it does sneak in here and there. So phonetically, “I hear you are going to the store” would be “Ay hear you're goin’ to the store.” as opposed to "Ay he-yah yah goin' to the sto-wah." It is an accent that is easy on the mouth and pleasant to the ear.