When you deal with musicians you just never know what to expect. Getting paid for your work is an adventure with every client. You have to perform acts of sheer magic sometimes to get what they owe you.
I had a client years ago, very many years ago…. –in fact many years longer than the local statute of limitations :-)– who owed me money. His family owned a sporting goods store in some other state that went belly up. That’s the story I got at least.
The guy had no dough for me, but had some golf gear. So rather than getting the complete shaft I accepted a bunch of golf stuff instead of cash.
You gotta to what you gotta do.