- Grew up in Prestonsburg, Kentucky. Later moved to Detroit, Michigan.
- Best known as a writer of bluegrass songs.
- His songs have been recorded by the Bluegrass Cardinals, The Osborne Brothers, Hot Rize, Larry Sparks, Doyle Lawson, the Country Gentlemen, the Lewis Family and many other artists.
- Award-winning compositions: “Tennessee 1949” (Song of the Year, 1988) and “Colleen Malone” (Song of the Year, 1991). These and many other bluegrass standards were co-written by both Goble and his writing partner Leroy Drumm (who died in 2010).
- As a performer, recorded two albums with banjo player Bill Emerson, singing lead and playing guitar.
- 1995, released Webco Classics Volume 1: Emerson & Goble, a collection of their best material from previous recordings (Webco/Pinecastle).
- 1996, suffered serious injuries when his single engine airplane crashed.
- 2002, received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the IBMA.
- 2005, released When I’m Knee Deep in Bluegrass (Fireheart Records).