2011 has seen the arrival of a lot of previously unreleased live material from the Grateful Dead, most notably the epic 73 CD collection that finally provided an official release of the entire run of European dates which had been recorded for their classic ‘Europe ‘72’ album. Always appreciative of the loyal fan support, the Dead will give back during the month of November with 30 days of free unreleased concert audio.

’30 Days of Dead’ features 30 prime cuts plucked from the archives by Dead archivist David Lemieux. The band will hold a contest each day in which fans will be asked to guess the venue and date of that day’s track for a chance to win a daily prize. It’s a musical scavenger hunt of sorts, but with 30 days of free music being offered as the bounty, who can say no to that?

The first few days of tracks are available now, and all contest winners will be entered for the chance to win the grand prize – a free copy of the “All Music Edition” of ‘Europe ’72: The Complete Recordings.’

The Dead recently announced the end of their popular ‘Road Trips’ series, but quickly announced the next phase of archival goodies that will be released under the banner of ‘Dave’s Picks.’ The new series will feature choice shows selected by David Lemieux and enhanced with rare photos, liner notes and HDCD sound quality.