On the Beat Blog
Posted by David Menconi on December 3, 2013
Today is the final day of voting in the latest round of the Doritos Super Bowl commercial contest, and Kinston’s Christopher Clayborne hopes to make the cut with this submission. Quite frankly, he could use a break. Clayborne, an outsider-art rapper who performs under the name Wild Man Chris, suffered an apparent mini-stroke on Thanksgiving day, according to Los Angeles writer Mark Blackwell (who is working on a documentary film about him).
“I was just on the phone with him and he does sound better,” Blackwell said on Monday. “We’re still trying to figure out what happened. He’s struggling with his speech. It sounds like he’ll recover, but it will be hard.”
Blackwell discovered Clayborne a few years back via one of the rapper’s YouTube channels (be warned, the language at that link as well as his current channel is rather blue). Clayborne, who has Asperger’s, has made hundreds of videos in which he holds forth about various thoughts and obsessions, most notably the length of his arms. In fact, Clayborne would like to have his arms surgically lengthened.
Posted by David Menconi on December 2, 2013
A dozen recommendations for the music afficionado on your list (and half of them are from North Carolina).
Posted by David Menconi on November 23, 2013
The late great Link Wray grew up in Dunn, and he should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for many reasons.
Posted by David Menconi on November 18, 2013
Kat Robichaud of Raleigh is in the top-10 of NBC’s “The Voice” and hopes to stay there.
Posted by David Menconi on November 13, 2013
Walnut Creek left Time Warner's name as its title sponsor for 2013 even though the deal had lapsed, but at least it didn't hurt the city's bottom line.
Posted by David Menconi on November 12, 2013
The Carolina Chocolate Drops haven't broken up - and yet they sort of have. Dom Flemons' upcoming departure from Carolina Chocolate Drops will leave the Grammy-winning stringband with one original member.