What If the Song “I Shot the Sheriff” Was Written by Dire Straits?

What If the Song “I Shot the Sheriff” Was Written by Dire Straits?

what-if-i-shot-the-sheriff-was-written-by-dire-straits-2021-fan-club-dire-straits-blog-news-laszlo-buring-performanceWhat If the Song “I Shot the Sheriff” Was Written by Dire Straits?

Laszlo Buring, the 25-year-old musician, and guitarist is back again with another arrangement in the style of Dire Straits.

Namely, we have already shared two blog posts about him and his music video arrangement on our website. The first one was for the song Laylaand the second post was for the song “Sultans of Swing” but in a Pink Floyd version. If you want to hear those versions, please click HERE.

Today, we would like to share Laszlo’s performance and arrangement for the song “I Shot the Sheriff”. He has released this music video performance on September 5, 2021, and so far have a lot of positive reactions on his YouTube channel.

Our team was in contact with Laszlo and he shared some interesting information about the music video.

“I Shot the Sheriff is the eighth song I did in the style of Dire Straits. I based it more on Clapton’s version than on the one by Bob Marley and the Wailers. Clapton’s version has more guitar parts in it, especially his live version from Crossroads,” he said.

“I thought this song would fit in ‘If it were written by…’ series because it has a bit of a wild west theme and feels to it, which Dire Straits have captured beautifully in some of their songs. Unlike the original, I didn’t start out with a chorus, but with a bit of guitar followed by a verse. Because, I couldn’t think of a Dire Straits song that jumps right into the chorus,” he added.

Then before the third verse, there’s a bit of a breakdown. To keep it interesting, Laszlo made a sweet solo after the last chorus to top it off.

“I transposed the song one step higher to A minor, which is the same key as ‘Once Upon a Time in The West’ but sang it an octave lower to fit more with Mark Knopfler’s voice and timbre,” he added.

That Dire Straits knew how to do a groovy western-style song speaks for itself. But, what if they had written the song, written by Bob Marley and later covered by Eric Clapton. Here’s how it may have sounded. We hope that you’ll enjoy it.

In this video, Laszlo is using his Fender Vintera, played through his new Fender Blues Junior. He said, “Really loving the sound of it so far.” He also plays in his new Squier Jazz Bass.

If you want to hear more of Laszlo’s covers, lessons, or original music, you can subscribe to his YouTube channel. Also, if you want to find more on Dire Straits Blog about Laszlo click – HERE!

I Shot the Sheriff – Dire Straits Style

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