"It's so hard to find a good tenor banjo," Carpenter laments about those gigs when Seabrook isn't available. The more common five-string — typical of bluegrass — is just no substitute. "It's not so much the sound as the playing style," Carpenter says, since the five-string players are usually wedded to the clawhammer picking style. Hey, as long as he doesn't nerd out about it.

GHOST TRAIN ORCHESTRA | Regattabar, Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St, Cambridge | October 18 | 7:30 pm | $16 | 617.395.7757 or regattabarjazz.com

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