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Garth Brooks loses six months worth of songs to 'fried' phone

Fans may have to wait a bit longer for new music from country superstar Garth Brooks. He lost half-a-year's worth of song ideas to a technology fail.

Brooks made "Man Against Machine" available digitally. Garth Brooks

Remember back in the '90s when everyone was listening to Garth Brooks sing "Friends in Low Places," the Internet still felt young and we were all just starting to hear the constant warnings about how important it is to back up your data? Garth Brooks probably remembers, but he might not have been listening.

Brooks has been working on a new album and, like many musicians, recording ideas for fresh tunes on his handy phone. The unnamed phone, however, had other ideas.

"Here's where the old guy gets into technology, which is bad. All the new stuff that I've been working on for six months is on a phone that I just fried, and I can't get the phone to come back up," Brooks told Milwaukee's Journal Sentinel.

It's fairly well known that Brooks isn't the earliest technology adopter. It took him up until last year's release of the . He has braved the torrid waters of Twitter by joining the social-media service in 2013, though, so he can't be labeled a Luddite.

If anything, Brooks is guilty of something most of us have done, which is failing to effectively back up important data. "I know I should have backed it up," he told the Journal Sentinel. "It's like losing your briefcase back in the '90s."

Brooks hasn't given up, though. "We're still working on that phone," he says. "We'll get it." That's good news for fans who are hoping for a new album sooner rather than later. For everyone else, it's a solid reminder to back up your files.

(Via Rolling Stone)